Currently, in the European Union, men far outnumber women in information and communication technology. In 2021, less than one in five professionals in this field was a woman. More broadly, in business and finance, less than one of the ten largest EU listed companies has a woman as chairman or chief executive officer.
In Prague we meet two young women who are determined to change the situation from this point of view. They come from both ends of Europe and both dream of becoming future business leaders. “My main interest is sustainability and I would like to work for companies that care about the environment.” trusts us Turinese Consolata Losana, 21 years old. 23-year-old Olubukola Adebowale, nicknamed Bukki, is from Kildare, Ireland. “My big fight is for women and people of color to have access to everything in society” she points out.
agents of change in “numerical revolution”
Bukki and Consolata are in the Czech capital, along with 27 other young students from the EU countries, as well as from the Western Balkans and Ukraine, to take part in a summer course for women leaders in the digital age, organized by technology company Huawei.
What are we trying to do with our courses? said Berta Herrero Estalayo, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Huawei EU, “It’s about giving women the tools and skills they need to not only shape but lead the digital revolution.”
During this training, current leaders from the worlds of technology, business and politics traveled to challenge these future agents of change and do their part to reduce gender inequality. Among them, Caroline Ramade, founder and CEO of 50inTech, lists areas of action: “We must close the pay gap, achieve fair professional development and a better work-life balance.”
“This question is not as simple as it seems” guaranteed by Olubukola Adebovale. “For example, when we look at this question, she continues “We are considering not only women, but also women of color, women with disabilities and others.”
Social issues and public speaking
Climate change, sustainable development and energy transformation are all topics for discussion by these young women who aspire to build the Europe of tomorrow.
“The climate crisis should be considered a top priority” assures Consolata Losana, “But it is clear that I do not want to forget that sustainable development has a social component, no one should be left behind.”
During their summer course, the Consolata and Bukky team introduced a learning and networking platform to help SMEs navigate a digital and sustainable world.
They had to overcome stress to present their idea on stage. This performance is a rewarding experience, according to Bukka, who was pleased with her intervention. And it is not for nothing that two young women received a prize at the closing ceremony of the Summer Courses in Troy Castle.
Two students have hope and motivation to resell in the future: “It gave me confidence that I could take all my ideas and channel them into the future for the benefit of the younger generation.” recognizes Bucky. “I’m very grateful, I’m sad that it’s over, but I know this is just the beginning of something big.” Consulate assures.