According to UNESCO, only 35 per cent of STEM students in higher education globally are women. Following its goal of correcting this gap and contributing towards SDG#5: Gender equality, on 4 December GSMA Latin America ran its first Tech4Girls workshop in Brazil. The event was held at Institute Federal of Brasilia with the collaboration of Junior Achievement Foundation, and was supported by local regulator Anatel and TIM Brasil.
During the workshop, 21 girls aged 15 to 17 from public and private schools in the city set to work to create a mobile app. Participants received guidance to think about each part of the project – initial idea, branding, monetisation – using a Design Thinking approach, in simplified, age-appropriate language. The girls decided to focus their projects on creating social impact and devise innovative mobile solutions for the issues of sustainable fashion, environmental care and assistance in situations of gender-based violence.