Description of Social Entrepreneurship
Geek Girls LatAm is an NGO and technology community led by women, which summons the academy, public and private institutions, companies, startups, technical and technological communities around the world and society in general, to promote and execute opportunities together where Girls, young people and women in Latin America use, appropriate and actively link with the creation of technology. Geek Girls LatAm inspires, empowers and connects with the Technology Industry, from there, positively transform the environment of Women and contribute to the construction of a more just, prosperous, diverse and equitable society.
Our purpose is to connect actors, articulate processes and execute actions that drive this Revolution through the philosophy of # Purple Heart, which is the sum of talent, collaboration and sorority. Those who join the Geek Girls LatAm Seal through this manifesto write together with our community a new history of Women in Technology.
We believe that every girl, young and female in the world, is the link of encounter with another, and therefore, regardless of age, race, religion, culture or political interests, they are invited to generate spaces for recognition, opportunities, diversity and equity to contribute in its maximum capacity, with total vocation and freedom, in the technological industry that has generated the greatest social and economic transformation of our century.
What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?
We are where visionaries and futurists saw us as civilization, we have robots by our side, a mobile device in our pocket, an internet connection from almost anywhere in the world, the possibility of making transactions, working or studying at a click away. Technological advances have impacted multiple areas and industries; health, education, communication, the environment, government and also in human relationships; We have evolved as a civilization thanks to technology and today we have the power to create and believe in it, contributing ideas, research, talent and a great deal of creativity and collaboration to face the development and sustainability challenges that are part of the world of today.
However, the reality today and in numbers, after a fourth industrial revolution, indicate that women globally are not being an active actor in the construction and facing these challenges; less than 26% of the positions in the information technology (IT) industry in developed countries are held by women – and in Latin America – that participation is even lower. The deficit of workers in the industry grows day by day, the future is uncertain when the number of women entering and finishing a technological career is getting smaller.
According to these trends, it is estimated that by 2043 women will only occupy 1% of the technological force. Therefore, it is essential to execute powerful strategies and actions to attract, retain and empower a greater number of women, youth and girls in areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), as a revolutionary act where creation of technology has the Geek Girls LatAm Seal, the Latin Woman seal creating technology.
How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?
Our social company impacts girls between the ages of 7 and 17 with our STEAM program where, with our own model, we ensure that girls and young people are interested in science and technology through role models and STEM workshops that invite them to be the STEAM next generation.
In the case of women over 18, the PURPLE collar jobs program was created for the retention, promotion and employability of women in the IT industry.
What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?
Impact more girls and women in Latin America, regardless of race, age, social or economic status.