More than 75% of companies in the European Union face difficulties in finding professionals to meet their labor demands, according to data provided by the European Commission’s statistical office, Eurostat. Similarly, the European Labor Authority (ELA) warns of a significant shortage of information and communication technology (ICT) specialists and professionals with qualified training in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in Europe. Only 1 in 6 IT specialists is a woman, further exacerbating this situation.

In commemoration of International Women in Engineering Day, which is celebrated today, June 23, the European project LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 takes the opportunity to highlight the importance of promoting access to STEAM careers and ICT disciplines in education, and especially in actively promoting the participation of girls and women in this field.

In the framework of the European Year of Skills, we highlight the urgent importance of including these subjects in the educational systems, as it is essential for our young people to be prepared for the current labor market and to achieve greater equity in the most demanded workspaces.

From LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 we are proud to have inspired and supported in 2021 the Comen 2.0 project, which has allowed a group of four girls from the Abecé school in Gandía to win the challenge of reusing organic waste. This initiative, framed in the Finnova – Technovation Girls 2021 Challenges, has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the circular economy model, the generation of green energy, and compliance with the directives of the European Green Pact.

At LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0, we are committed to continue actively enhancing our work as an inspiring project, promoting disruptive projects and initiatives led by girls and women.

For more information about Technovation Girls CV – Finnova Challenges, visit: https://finnova.eu/el-proyecto-firepoint-para-reducir-los-incendios-forestales-ganador-de-los-technovation-girls-cv-retos-finnova/