Technologies: young Europeans can aim higher

Currently in the European Union, men far outnumber women in information and communication technologies. In 2021, less than one in five specialists in this field was a woman. More broadly, in business and finance, less than one in ten of the EU’s largest listed companies have a woman as chair or CEO.

In Prague, we meet two young women who are determined to make a difference from this point of view. They come from both ends of Europe and both dream of being future business leaders. “My main interest is sustainable development and I would like to work in companies that act for the environment,” confides to us the Turinese Consolata Losana, 21 years old. Olubukola Adebowale, nicknamed Bukky, 23, comes from Kildare in 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 the “numerical revolution”

Bukky and Consolata are in the Czech capital, along with 27 other young students from EU countries, but also from the Western Balkans and Ukraine to participate in a Summer Course for Women in Leadership in the Digital Age organized by technology company Huawei.

“What we try to do with our Courses,” said Berta Herrero Estalayo, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Huawei EU, “is about giving women the tools and skills they need to not only shape, but also lead the digital revolution.”

During this training, current leaders from the worlds of technology, business and politics made the trip to challenge these future agents of change to contribute to the reduction of gender inequalities. Among them, Caroline Ramade, founder and CEO of 50inTech, lists the lines of action: “We must reduce the pay gap, achieve fair professional development and a better work-life balance.”

“This question is not as simple as one thinks,” ensures Olubukola Adebowale. “For example, when we look at this question,” she continues, “we don’t just consider women, but also women of color, women with disabilities and others.”

Social issues and public speaking

Climate change, sustainable development and energy transition are all subjects to be debated for these young women who seek to build the Europe of tomorrow.

“The climate crisis must be considered the top priority,” assures Consolata Losana, “but clearly, I don’t 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 imagined a training and networking platform to help SMEs navigate the digital and sustainable world.

They had to overcome their stress to present their idea on stage. This speech is a useful experience according to Bukky who was satisfied with her intervention. And for good reason, the two young women received a Prize at the closing ceremony of the Summer Course at Troja Castle.

The two students have hope and motivation to resell for the future: It gave me a boost of confidence to take all my ideas and channel them into the future for the benefit of younger generations,” recognizes Bukky. “I’m extremely grateful, I’m sad it’s over, but I know it’s just the start of something big,” assures Consolata.

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