Empowering Girls and Women with Science / Opinion / Maria Consuelo Castro | Opinion

After nine years of travel, the New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto in 2015 and recorded unprecedented images. The mission was managed by planetary geologist Barranquilla Adriana Ocampo. In 2020, NASA launches its mission to persevere to search for traces of life on Mars using technology.

At the helm, another Colombian, flight engineer from Cali, Diana Trujillo. These stories motivate us to believe in the transformative power of science and the role of empowering girls and women to achieve their life goals in this field.

Therefore, on International Women and Girls in Science Day, remembering their accomplishments is an inspiration to continue working so that many of them have opportunities to transform their scientific dreams and hobbies into realities of great impact.

There is still a long way to go to expand access to scientific training, to overcome barriers to free education and training, so that through science, more plays a transformative role.

At Claro, we advance in the area of ​​equality, parity and inclusion of women. With La Ruta Inclusiva, awarded by the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Labor and the United Nations Development Program with the Equipares seal, we strive to value women’s experience, knowledge, competencies and abilities equally.

Along the scientific path, we also provide tools to fulfill their dreams, change history and transform lives, through free online educational and training platforms such as Aprende.org, PruebaT and Capacítate para el trabajo, developed by the Carlos Slim Foundation.

In 2020, more than 291,419 Colombian women trained and enhanced their life skills, as well as employability and entrepreneurship skills in Capacítate para el Empleo, within the commitment to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in SDG 5.5 target for gender equality: “Improving the use of robotic technology, especially information and communication technology, to promote women’s empowerment.”

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These are the first steps, convinced of the importance of providing access to Colombian women throughout the country, and providing new possibilities for development. That is why, communicating with this purpose, from Claro to Colombia, our sustainability program, we set a mission that they have access to contact all corners of the territory, especially key places to learn science such as the classroom.

Through the Connected Schools project, we provide free internet to public educational institutions, and open a world of online knowledge for girls and women.

In Colombia we need more Adrianas and Dianas, who are ready to change the world.

Maria Consuelo Castro
Claro to Colombia director

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