Among the 2,500 registered young leaders from all over Europe, the expert jury selected 29 participants for the week-long program of masterclass lectures, team projects, active learning, group activities, themed dinners and cultural experiences. One participant was selected from each EU member state, plus one participant from the Western Balkan countries and, for the first time, one female student from Ukraine.
“These are challenging times for all of Europe and it is more important than ever to promote equality and diversity, which Huawei definitely recognizes. Today we are re-empowering 29 young women to shape the world of technology, but tomorrow we want their example to inspire many others. They will be among the leaders of the next generation of change-makers in Europe – a generation whose key challenge will be to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age,” emphasizes Berta Herreeo, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Huawei EU.
“Women in leading positions are still not the norm in our society. Equality is linked to innovation and democratization. To further promote gender equality, we must support democratization. This is also a prerequisite for the responsible integration of technological changes into society”, explains Bohumil Kartous, director of the Prague Institute of Innovation (PII).
“Companies and states are only as strong as the opportunities they provide for everyone to unleash their potential. Women make up half of the population. In order to achieve sustainable economic progress, women must be a key part of the equation. It is our duty to support the talents of women – to close the gender gap in the technology sector and beyond. Huawei strongly believes in this,” said Tony Jin, Huawei’s chief representative in European institutions.
“There is an endless amount of talent in Europe, but sometimes that talent is not recognized or supported by others. Events that allow participants to create their own network of contacts can provide a competitive advantage to participants, especially in the early stages of their careers,” emphasizes Tsvetelina Penkova, Member of the European Parliament.