REN, as a partner company of the 'Women Engineers for a Day' Project and as part of its commitment to Gender Equality and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5 - Gender Equality), signed on 14 December the 'Alliance for Equality in ICTs' (Information and Communication Technologies) commitment. This alliance seeks to improve the results of the 'Women Engineers for a Day' Project, which aims to promote information technologies and engineering among primary and secondary school female students.
The ceremony took place at the Electricity Museum in Lisbon, and was the first meeting of the Alliance for Equality in ICTs. The purpose of this session was to strengthen the network of partnerships of the 'Women Engineers for a Day' Project based on the sharing of good practices and on a reflection on girls' and women's participation in ICTs. The ceremony also marked the signing and formalisation of the 'Alliance for Equality in ICTs Commitment'.
For Teresa Barreiros, Head of Human Resources at REN, 'joining this Alliance is synonymous with a new stage towards solidifying and strengthening the path that REN has taken towards promoting gender equality and a culture of diversity and inclusion. With our participation in this Commitment, we also hope to further foster REN's commitment and dedication to this issue'.
The event was broadcast live on the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality Facebook page (ceremony video here), and was attended by the Minister of State and Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, and by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro. During the session, topics such as 'Gender equality in artificial intelligence' and 'Equality in Digital' were addressed from the perspectives of training and empowering, as well as hiring and retaining, with panels that included the participation of companies, such as Microsoft Portugal, E-Redes, Vodafone, and Google.
About the 'Women Engineers for a Day' Project
The 'Women Engineers for a Day' Project was created in 2017, and is coordinated by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, in conjunction with the Portuguese Charter for Diversity, Instituto Superior Técnico, and the Portuguese Order of Engineers, and is integrated in the Portuguese National Strategy for Equality and Non-Discrimination - More Equitable Portugal and in the Action Plan for Digital Transition. It currently integrates 74 partner entities, 45 primary and secondary schools, and 15 higher education institutions. Since its inception, it has reached 10,411 young people in primary and secondary education.