BNP Paribas Portugal highlighted gender equality issues in another edition of “She Talks”. “How do we promote women in STEM?” was the topic on the table.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, BNP Paribas Portugal organized another conference where speakers shared their views on the current plan of action in the different quadrants of society, the necessary actions already in place and those to be projected in the future.
“Education should be the first step, because it allows us to change mentalities from the very beginning,” said Sandra Ribeiro, President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG).
She also stressed that “we need to create a balance so that women can be in the areas where there are better salary conditions. If women begin to leave some professions and sectors that are naturally associated with their gender, perhaps it will be necessary for men to integrate these areas and, as a result, we can see an improvement in conditions for everyone”.
For Professor Rogério Colaço, President of the Instituto Superior Técnico, the institution has “a series of tools and projects to improve the gender balance in our fields. However, an educational system is not changed by a revolution, but by a gradual evolution, step by step, adapting our way to today’s challenges”,
Cláudia Figueira, President of BNP Paribas Portugal’s “Women in Cyber” employee network and a Técnico alumna, believes that “we must work to motivate more women to integrate STEM fields, because our society is in a situation where it cannot stop using all the talent it has”.
As part of this initiative, Gonçalo Cardoso de Pina, Head of BNP Paribas CIB IT Services Portugal, signed the “Alliance for Equality in ICT”, a protocol promoted by CIG to promote the inclusion of women in positions related to the ICT sector, and a new volunteer mission was also launched, consisting of inspirational talks promoted by female employees of BNP Paribas to students in schools in Lisbon and Porto.