In order to promote the inclusion of girls and women in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the National Digital Strategy Coordination Office, together with civil society, industry, academia and other government bodies, today presented the initiative called “CodeX.”
Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy Alejandra Lagunes explained that “CodeX” is an innovative initiative designed to link various efforts to promote girls’ and women’s participation in ICT.
The website www.gob.mx/codigox provides information on various programs for girls and women of different ages, currently run by industry, academia and various civil society organizations, in addition to all the information on the initiative..
At the same time, @prende.mx, a decentralized body responsible for promoting the incorporation of new information and communications technology into the teaching-learning process, is conducting pilot tests with devices distributed among 15 states to promote the adoption of ICT in girls. The results of these pilot tests are considered in the new curriculum proposal.
On International Day for Girls and Women in ICT, Alejandra Lagunes declared that the "CodeX" initiative will promote a mentoring scheme based on the methodology of the CIDE’s Talentum-Women Program.
Addressing the girls participating in the event, which included various conferences and workshops, Alejandra Lagunes declared that in Mexico, technology can and will empower women. She said that globally, only 17 percent of ministerial positions are held by women. Of the 100 largest technology companies in the world, only six are run by women and only one out of five specialists in the area of technology are women. This shows the great challenge facing us to encourage greater participation by women in ICT.
“It's fair for men and women to be treated equally, because it is fair for you to decide what to do with your lives, your bodies and your future. CodeX is an initiative designed to provide you with more tools to make decisions. CodeX is for you because all of us here believe that you are going to make a better world and a better country,” she said.
Meanwhile, Blanca Heredia, associate professor and General Coordinator of PIPE-CIDE, explained that the CodeX mentorships focus on creating a network of support among leading women in ICT to create better working conditions. The mentors are role models, in other words, they are women who inspire others to achieve their goals, she said.
During her speech, Under-Minister of Communications and Transport Monica Aspe highlighted the innovative nature of the “CodeX” initiative since it helps narrow the digital and gender gap.
She mentioned various efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation such as the Connected Mexico program.
For her part, Dr. Juliette Bonnafé, from UN Women, said that about 90% of formal jobs require knowledge of ICT. "In science and technology women around the world constitute less than 10% of the staff at innovation centers," she said.
With the slogan "For a 50-50 Planet in 2030: Let’s take a step towards gender equality," UN Women is promoting a partnership to engage governments, civil society and the private sector and urging women and men in every country, city and community to ensure the full participation of women in politics, the economy, education, culture and information technology.
In his speech, Mario de la Cruz Sarabia, National President of CANIETI said, “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Girls in ICT Day than by launching this massive effort by society, industry, government and academia to ensure that there are increasing numbers of women in the sector and that the issue of women’s inclusion in telecommunications becomes a national public policy.”
Grace Quintanilla, Director of the Center for Digital Culture (CDC), explained that the center is primarily engaged in encouraging the critical and creative use of technology for cultural production and explained that the CDC has a program dedicated to girls and women, which focuses on transforming gender labels that prevent girls and young women from studying in ICT areas through electronics, programming and Internet radio classes.
The "CodeX" initiative was promoted through a joint effort by the National Digital Strategy Coordination Office and:
organizations representing the ICT industry in our country: CANIETI, AMITI, AMIPCI, Mamá Digital.
ICT companies: Google, IBM, HPE, Apple, Cisco, ATT, Microsoft, Dell, Intel.
Government agencies: SEP- @prendeMX, Segob/Conavim, INMUJERES, Center for Digital Culture.
International Organizations ITU, UN Women, US Mexico Foundation (1000 girls, 1000 futures)
Education sector: ANIEI - National Association of Computer Education Institutions.