Exchanging Knowledge and Transferring Technology for Gender Equity
PERCEPTIONS OF POWER: CHAMPIONING FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
In line with the objectives of the EQUALS-EU project which aims to build capacity in gender-inclusive innovation in Europe and partner countries worldwide, the first public EQUALS-EU Colloquium meeting “Perceptions of Power: Championing Female Leadership in the Digital Age” was organized on 4 August 2021 with an aim to dispel stereotypes and foster a gender inclusive innovation ecosystem through targeted discussions around key traits and skills needed to empower women in the digital age.
Over 100 experts from the mobile industry, academia, civil society and international organisations reflected on the modern-day challenges to championing female leadership in tech. They were encouraged to share best practices and experiences from among their sectors and discuss the current state of the digital leadership gap in Europe and across the Eastern partnership alongside the challenges and solutions to bridging this gap.
Following the main plenary session, participants were split into three working groups to brainstorm further and reflect on the challenges and solutions to fostering digital rights, access to technology and healthcare provision, as well as leveraging Science, Technology and Innovation skills for gender equity and building strategic communication skills to promote gender equity objectives.
You can find more details in the Colloquium Report.
SUMMER SCHOOL TO DEVELOP FUTURE LEADERS
The EQUALS-EU Summer School, a part of our project’s ambition to support the professional development of future leaders and champions in gender equity and digital inclusion, offered an exciting three-week programme in Riga, Geneva and Valencia from 12th to 30th of June 2023.
This inspiring and empowering learning journey consisted of courses building upon each other focusing on each region’s specific competencies, community partnerships, and resources. And our programme also aimed to create an opportunity to promote knowledge exchange and technology transfer within Europe and beyond:
- The first week of the EQUALS-EU Summer school organized in Riga on 12-16 June was a fascinating opportunity for almost 20 women tech innovators to work on various aspects of transformational leadership and gender equality.
- The second week of our summer school organized in Geneva on 19-23 June offered workshops in various parts of the city for 30 women tech innovators to discuss the importance of digital gender inclusion and international policy making in the field to advance women’s rights.
- The third week of the Summer School organized in Valencia on 26-30 June focused on the exciting topic of Empowering Women in Place with the participation of 17 women tech innovators. This final summer school week was concluded with a pitch-off session where participants presented their tech innovation ideas and business plans to a jury of experts
You can an extensive report on the Summer School programme here.
The evaluation of the summer camp as well as a repository of learning materials will be shared publicly soon.