Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Girls in Tech Ecuador and Awana Partner to Increase Women in Tech

Girls in Tech Ecuador & Awana have partnered to increase the number of women in tech industry in Ecuador. They aim to empower girls and professional women.

Girls in Tech Ecuador and Awana | Technical Recruiting have partnered up!

Why are we excited about?

This partnership marks a major milestone in our efforts to boost the representation of women in Ecuador's tech industry. By encouraging more young girls to embrace technology and encouraging women to apply for tech jobs, we are taking significant steps towards bridging the gender divide.

It is well-known globally that women tend to submit fewer job applications compared to their male counterparts. In Ecuador, this gender disparity is evident, with only 38% of all job applications originating from women.

According to a recent study, women make up only 16% of the tech workforce in Ecuador. This gap is even wider at the leadership level.

Based on the findings from the Women in Tech Report by BairesDev, there has been a remarkable surge in the number of female applicants compared to the overall number of applicants between 2015 and 2022, skyrocketing from 17% to an impressive 41%. It's worth noting that 40% of these applicants hail from Ecuador, encompassing both technical and non-technical positions.

Meanwhile, at Awana, our female applicants make up 18% of the total applicants for mid-senior technical positions, a percentage that has remained steady for the past two years.


What are we going to accomplish?

We have established two exciting pathways through which Awana will collaborate with Girls in Tech Ecuador.

The Tech Godmother Program

The first pathway is through their innovative Tech Godmother program, specifically designed for girls aged 10-12.

This program aims to teach these young girls programming, innovation, and other essential skills that will help them succeed in their future careers.

Over the course of three months, the girls will be immersed in a dynamic learning environment, where they will develop their own projects and will have constant support of mentors.

I am happy to be part of this board of mentors next to my recruiter colleague Mara Falconí, and to be also leading one of the classes focused on Soft Skills.

The program will culminate in a highly anticipated Demo Day, during which each girl will showcase the project she has been working on throughout the program. This will not only boost their confidence but also provide them with a valuable opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity.

Watch a summary of the Demo Day.

Awana, and companies like Acnur, Holcim, and Corporación Favorita, are proud sponsors of the first 15 girls to join the program. The program will run for a second opportunity targeting 100 more girls.


LinkedIn Profiles Enhancement

The second pathway focuses on professional women in the tech industry.

Awana will be conducting three rounds of workshops aimed at helping these women highlight their skills and enhance their LinkedIn profiles.

By increasing female profiles visibility, we aim to make it easier for companies and talent acquisition specialists to identify and hire these talented individuals.

We strongly believe that empowering future women in the tech industry will not only benefit the individuals themselves but also contribute to the overall growth and success of the industry as a whole.


Inspiring and Empowering Girls and Women

Our latest partnership enables our team to actively support the mission of a local NGO dedicated to bridging the gender divide in Ecuador's tech industry.

The partnership perfectly aligns with Awana's goal of increasing the number of women hired for tech jobs, promoting gender equity and creating a more inclusive industry.

We are thrilled and eagerly anticipate the results and impact it will have. Together, we can inspire and empower the next generation of future women in tech, while also creating a more diverse and inclusive industry.

If you're curious to know more about the Tech Godmother program or the LinkedIn workshops, don't hesitate to reach out.

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