Portugal will host the 1st edition of the ‘Female Leadership In The Digital Age’ education initiative, with students from all European Union countries, promoted by Chinese tech group Huawei.
The goal of the initiative, that runs until August 27 in Lisbon, is to recognise the potential of female talent in ICT, as well as to proactively support it by empowering the new generation to lead the technological revolution, according to the company.
“It is another step in bringing the female audience closer to technology, students and companies, which will provide the entire academic universe and the following generations with greater gender equity in ICT areas,” said Diogo Madeira da Silva, head of public affairs & communication at Huawei Portugal. According to the Huawei representative, “hosting the first edition of this event in Portugal is, for us, a source of pride and a result of our positioning in an increasingly inclusive market, through numerous actions and strategic partnerships.”
A competition for a a full scholarship to Huawei summer school received more than 1,200 applications from students across the European Union, and 27 participants from all member states, were selected.
Sandra Ribeiro, president of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), one of the institutional entities supporting the initiative added that “through these projects, it is possible to understand the reality of women working in technology not only in Portugal, but also in Europe, and thus respond in the best way to the needs and challenges identified”.
The event is also supported by the INCoDe.2030 programme, whose goal is to place Portugal at the level of the most advanced European countries in the digital dimension by 2030. “To reach this goal, it is necessary to stimulate several skills, namely the digital transition based on the promotion of gender equality, to increasing women’s participation in this area”, added Luísa Ribeiro Lopes, general coordinator of INCoDe.2030.