Progress of the project
During IV Congress of Women which took place in Warsaw (September 14-15th 2012) we had possibility for meeting and exchanging experience between all persons involved in the idea of promoting women’s rights globally. The Congress of Women - a social movement drawing attention to the problems of women – focused this time on activeness, entrepreneurship and independence and this gave us the opportunity for sharing experiences and allowed us to present campaign “Girls As Engineers” to the recipients as the best example of good practices.
Their support for our project stated Krystyna Szumilas Minister of National Education, Senator of the Republic of Poland Andzelika Mozdzanowska, Henryka Bochniarz – President of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan.
In September 2012 we took part in 18th Poland International Education Fair Perspektywy - a series of education fairs for upper secondary school students and graduates. In 17 academic cities in Poland representatives of higher education institutions and admission officers were there to advise young people and answer their questions on recruitment opportunities. We had chance to talk to young women as well as their parents and their teachers in order to see whether they know prospects of the technical education for girls and also understand the meaning of the participation in Open Day for Girls Only for their children and pupils. The next Open Day for Girls Only at the polytechnic we prepare nationwide is held on 25th of April 2013.
Impact of the project
According to the data of Polish Institute of Official Statistics there was almost 5000 more female students in the year 2011/12 than in 2010/2011 at the technical universities and at the same time number of male students had not changed in general.
Thank you for supporting our initiative! For the fifth time we discussed the problems of traditionally female and male occupations and the raising demand for girls in technology, science, information and communication technologies in Poland. Our project helps in promoting engineering and future-oriented professions among young women and raising awareness on gender equality.
On April the 26th 2012 – simultaneously with the European Girls in ICT Day – we organized annual The Day at Technical Universities: For Girls Only!. 7 thousand young women visited technical universities and took part in a wide range of activities. The programs at 16 participating universities were diversified, starting from the introductory university presentations to laboratory tours with 3D scanning, fashion shows, high-voltage discharge, programming smartphones and looking at races of robots.
The following organizations participated in the 2012 program: DigiGirlz & Women in Technology, The Polish Patent Office, Office Of Electronic Communication, The Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, as well as companies Symantec and GTech Poland calling the interest of the girls as potential well-educated workforce.
We also reported the change of students gender structure at Polish technical universities compiling a broad study “Girls at technical universities 2012” available at our website www.dziewczynynapolitechniki.pl.
We are hopeful that the next enrollment to Polish technical universities will show that the number of female students is still the fastest-growing figure - there are currently more by 5.3 thousand young women in technical universities than a year ago.
Thank you for your support and encouragement for young women to seize career options in Poland.
The second part of the year we have spend on prepearing the next edition on our action for Gilrs - in 2012.
Meanwhile we were active on the field of the know-how transfer.
On 17-18th September 2011 we took part in the 3rd Congress of Women which was held in Warsaw, Poland as an event of the Polish Presidency in the European Union.
The Congress of Women is both Poland’s largest non-political civic movement and an annual summit aiming at gender equality in private and public spheres. We had an opportunity to present our goals and discuss our challenges with great deal of active women who are politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, civil and culture activists. The leading topic of this year’s Congress was the situation in the post-crisis world and the diagnosis for the future.Inequalities between women and men in technology, science, R&D and innovations impose a heavy toll on the economy and human capital. We recommend the change of young people’s way of thinking that can increase the number of women at technology and engineering study and improve gender balance in the fields of research and industry.
The Council of the Congress stated: “We are interested in the female point of view, the way women perceive the world, but also the challenges that women face. Women’s participation in the shaping of the world is something that is not only growing but also desired”.
The next Special Day at Technical Universities - For Girls Only is coming soon. See you there. :)
Thank you for supporting young women's career choices in Poland.
The annual Day At Technical Universities: For Girls Only! sponsored by Symantec was celebrated on April 14th, 2011. 5,000 young women visited technical universities. Over 2 million televiewers learned about our project and increasing lack of qualified staff in the technical field in the news on national television.
Girls As Engineers campaign with Day At Technical Universities: For Girls Only! have been launched to change young women’s behaviour patterns and expand their spectrum of career options. The number of girls choosing “female” careers or subjects of study is very high in Poland. In doing so they do not fully exhaust their career opportunities. This event is a chance for girls to learn about the world of work, the challenges engineers face, and also how the schoolwork they do today could help them in their future.
On the 14th of April 2011 technical universities with all departments, facilities and research centres organised an open day for girls and opened their laboratories and workshops to give concrete examples that show girls how interesting this kind of study and work can be. Through a great variety of events young women gain an insight into life of student of technical sciences, research worker and academic. Wide range of activities were presented to girls aged 15-19.
At the 20 technical universities and faculties of physics, mathematics and informatics the number of all participants went beyond 5000. With a great interest of the media girls are supported by all instances playing an important role in their career choices i.e. families, schools, teachers and employers.
Our campaign since 2008 has been engaging media in a debate on how scientific and technological progress is to meet the needs of Europe’s citizens and industry. One of most important issues is increasing the number of women in the fields of study and work that are traditionally male areas and solving problem of under-representation of women in certain scientific fields. Technical universities are reporting about an increasing number of young women in technical departments. We all will benefit gender equality.
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