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I believe Women That Build Awards is one of the major milestones in our efforts to hack inequality. Awards recognize those women who, through their leadership, are creating the conditions for a more inclusive, equal and diverse future for all. They break down stereotypes, challenge the status quo, lead the way, build and inspire, and with Women That Build Awards we seek to give visibility to their stories and recognize them.
The challenge is huge and urgent: The gender gap is a global problem which requires a global solution, and the pandemic has worsened it. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), a whole generation of women will have to wait for gender parity. Why? Because the sectors most affected by the lockdowns were those where women are more frequently employed. The technology sector is no exception to this logic. According to the WEF, there is a higher likelihood of gender gaps in sectors which require disruptive technical skills, such as Cloud Computing, engineering or artificial intelligence.
Women That Build Awards is also an initiative that mobilizes the community of women that work in technology. Last year we received more than 12,000 applications, with amazing innovation and impact stories. Closing the gender gap in the sector is a task that should be undertaken as a network, as a community, and the award allows us to get to know (and recognize) women who, through their daily commitment, seek to have a positive impact on the planet and on people.
At Globant, we rest on our entrepreneurial and inclusive culture spirit to develop, throughout the world, environments where people may be part of that change. Our aim is to make sure that everyone has the same opportunities of helping identify and solve the challenge of equity.
And it is in this path that we undertake the commitment to foster, from our leadership roles, the participation of more women and non-binary people by 2025.
For this second edition of Women That Build Awards we added a fourth category to nominate inspiring women. To Inspiring Executive (which recognizes a woman trained in a STEM field and holding a leadership position), Tech Entrepreneur (a female leader not trained in a STEM field), Rising Star (which recognizes a woman under 26 years old or with less than 10 years of experience in the IT field), we added Digital Leader to reward innovative female leaders with more than 10 years of experience and who have caused an impact on the technology industry.
I like to consider Women That Build Awards as a great celebration. We celebrate winners, of course (global ones and those from each of the 11 countries where the competition is held), but also all nominees and all those who vote.
I want you to be part of this celebration.
In a world and time of very difficult challenges, let’s celebrate together the stories of those who inspire us through their work and who tell us that a more equitable and inclusive future is possible . Welcome to this new edition of Be One Of A Kind, another effort through which we seek to hack inequality.
See you on our next issue!