August 25, Kyiv, Ukraine, – The project #GirlsSTEM has been first presented in Ukraine. It has been created for popularization of STEM professions – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – among Ukrainian girls in choosing education and career. The ideologist and organizer of GirlsSTEM become Ukrainian Centre of Corporate Social Responsibility Development.
Head of Centre of Corporate Social Responsibility Development Maryna Saprykina emphasizes the goals of project: “We are launching this project to help girls be not afraid and choose scientific and technical professions, to see their future in these professions and remain in Ukraine. For this purpose we have created a community of TOP 20 inspirational women in STEM, who will share their experiences and knowledge with senior girls”.
20 Ukrainian women that gain great success in STEM industry joined the project to inspire and mentor the girls in Ukraine in choosing STEM education and career. Among them – top managers of IT and technology companies, academics, representatives of ministries, universities and NGOs, including lady managers from such international companies as SAP, Microsoft Ukraine, Luxoft Ukraine, GlobalLogic, Fujikura etc. These women tend to develop the technical field and dream to see educated, inspired young girls specialists who are interested in building a technical career in Ukraine.
Under the project, TOP 20 inspirational women in STEM will meet 500 senior girls at the age of 13-19 years old in five Ukrainian cities for coach sessions. During the coach, the mentors will help girls to get skills of own goals setting and choosing the profession. The project will also organize an essay contest on “Why I choose STEM careers” topic with the following mentoring for the winners of most creative works.
“Our goals are to build role models for young girls and show them that STEM is a place for creativity. We should work on overcoming the gender stereotypes when choosing a profession”, Maryna Saprykina says.
SAP become the general partner of #GirlsSTEM project in Ukraine. ”The mission of SAP – to make the world better. That is why our projects related to the development of young people. Programs similar to #GirlsSTEM, the company maintains in Germany, Israel, America and Canada”, they say in SAP.
Due to Gender Gap Index, Ukraine ranks 67th position in the world, which is one of the lowest in Europe. Although the employment rate of women have relatively high in Ukraine – 57.1%, they are still less paid – 25% less than men.
About Centre «CSR Development»: expert organization in corporate social responsibility development in Ukraine. Main focuses of Centre «CSR Development»: CSR during conflicts, business and universities, social responsibility of state powers and companies, small business development, popularization of Ukraine Country Brand.
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