In 2021, Mexico’s Statistics Office reported that a limited number of women chose formal, informal, or complementary studies in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) significantly reducing female presence in related jobs (17%), business opportunities and even college careers (26,8%). Low qualifications in female graduates frequently result in a lower success rate in the sector.

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) implements the “Conectadas” program (January 2022 – July 2023) to strengthen technical skills for underrepresented young women across Mexico. This 18-month program focuses on building the capacity of 750 young women and linking them to promising and strategic career trajectories in the ICT industry. IYF will draw from past program successes, such as the “Pathways” program in Jalisco, Mexico, which achieved a 64% employment rate among women in the ICT sector that completed the program courses.

IYF will help these young women embrace ICT or STEM employment options and/or oriented opportunities, by empowering them to make informed decisions and providing them with industry-valued technical, work readiness, and life skills, while also encouraging employers and stakeholders to enhance opportunities for women in the sector. IYF´s strategic intervention seeks to increase job and entrepreneurship opportunities in high-growth IT careers through capacity building and mentoring activities.
 
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