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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