Mastercard Announces Regional Girls4Tech Marathon to Inspire Girls to Develop STEM Skills
As part of International Women’s Day, Mastercard continues its mission to support future women in technology and their entrepreneurial success by educating the next generation of leaders with its Girls4Tech program and providing digital and financial security tools to women-owned businesses across the region.
MIAMI, March 3rd, 2021 - As International Women’s Day approaches, Mastercard announces the region’s first Girls4Tech Marathon, a program to inspire girls to pursue STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) futures, for the first time in a virtual series of simultaneous sessions to be held on Monday, March 8th in 15 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to DRPFConsuls.com, 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require math and applied science skills, yet currently, less than 30 percent of the jobs created are held by women. Building foundational STEM knowledge and developing the critical 21st-century skills girls need for their studies and career success has never been more important.
The Girls4Tech is a program is centered on a unique, interactive STEM curriculum that aims to impact five million girls ages 8-16 in 30 countries by 2025. It incorporates Mastercard’s deep expertise in technology and innovation, enabling students to discover a range of STEM careers, such as fraud detective, data scientist and software engineer. Its curriculum has been translated into 14 languages and is based on global science and math standards that showcase payment technology, which company employees present as mentors. The program has expanded into new topics such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and enhanced access to its STEM curriculum through a digital learning experience, Girls4Tech Connect.
As part of the region’s inaugural marathon on March 8th, Mastercard will hold a series of virtual and simultaneous sessions in 15 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.
"The decisions we make today will shape our reality in the years to come, which is why it is important to contribute to building a world with equitable opportunities that is increasingly driven by technology."
"Through our initiatives to support both young and professional women, we are modeling an inclusive ecosystem for girls and women to find opportunities and support, so they can later materialize and subsequently scale their projects,” commented Janet Rivera-Hernández, Vice President of Communications for Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean.
This initiative is part of a series of actions and programs that Mastercard carries out in conjunction with leading associations in the region to promote the development of women and their entrepreneurship, such as: