December 1, 2016

Inspiring Girls Spain takes off

Miriam González has launched Inspiring Girls Spain at an event in Madrid with 50 school girls and 12 high profile women from different sectors.

The event, a ‘career speed dating’ in a boxing ring, has allowed the students from San Sebastian school in Madrid get to know the first Ambassadors for Inspiring Girls Spain:

Beatriz Becerra, MPE ALDE Group

María Blasco, Director Nationa Centre for Cancer Research

Fuencisla Clemares, CEO, Google Spain&Portugal

Sara Gómez, Board member of Royal Academy of Engineering

Rocío González, fast jet pilot

Trinidad Jiménez, ex Foreign Affairs Minister

Miren Larrea, CEO, TOLSA

Marta Michel, Editor, YO DONA

Jennifer Miranda, boxing world champion

Bettina Pérez, dentist

Samantha Vallejo-Nágera, Chef

Helena Resano, TV news presenter

The Chair for Inspiring Girls International, Miriam González, has told the girls: ‘Aim high and try hard’.

Spain is one of the first countries where the campaign is implemented, along with Serbia, Italy and Zambia. Latin America, India and Australia will follow throughout 2017.

Marta Pérez Dorao, Chair of Inspiring Girls Spain, has said: ‘No matter what you want to become, always try your best and don’t let anyone to stop you from doing something because they think it is not for girls’.

Over 120 Government officials and representatives from all sectors attended the launch event in Madrid. Among others, the Deputy Secretary for Communications at the People Party (PP), Pablo Casado; the Italian and British Ambassadors to Spain; and the Chair of Inspiring Girls Italy, Claudia Parzani.

In Spain, only 29% of women are represented in STEM subjects. At the Ibex 25 companies level, just 9% of women are in top management positions. Also, there is a 23% of NEETs (young people aged 16-24 Not in Education, Employment or Training), well above the average in the OECD and Europe.

Sponsors: Banco Santander, Vueling, YoDona, Dechert LLP, MullenLowe, Herbert & Smith, Panavisión Tours, Gimnasio Fightland, LG Electronics, PinkCow, Hays, Carrefour Ríos Rosas, El Guateque y Wakonigg Sports.

alt : To read more from the launch in the media click here