Impact

Empodera

The creation of the Empodera project was a response to the concerning issue of gender discrimination in the workplace. This situation became evident through alarming figures that revealed the troubling trend of girls not continuing with their tertiary education, a situation identified as early as 2019. In Ecuador, opportunities have historically been limited for girls and young women aspiring to pursue further studies.


 


2019: Empower with Your Example


 


In the year 2019, the first phase of this initiative was implemented, involving 11 young women from Quito who were in their first year of high school at Gonzalo Escudero School. In this initial stage, a meticulous process was carried out to identify leaders in various industries, including the private sector, entrepreneurship, public sector, activism, and politics. The goal was to have these leaders share their personal and professional experiences.


 


Project mentors provided valuable insights and practical advice, addressing fundamental questions such as:


 


a) How did they manage to balance their personal and professional lives?


b) What motivated them to choose a specific career or professional field?



c) How have they excelled and taken on leadership roles in an environment where managerial positions are often held by men?


 


2020: Graduation 2020: A Different Beginning


 


The COVID-19 pandemic brought numerous losses and consequences, which we still face. In this context, it became crucial for the GS Quito community to create a space for celebration and empowerment for students in Ecuador, especially focusing on young women who were completing their secondary education and facing significant challenges in their personal and professional futures. This process took place virtually. The participation of distinguished female representatives including Rosalía Arteaga (Former President of the Republic of Ecuador), Isabel Noboa (Prominent Businesswoman), and Glenda Morejón (Ecuadorian Athlete), who shared a message of change, hope, and motivation with this new group of graduates to encourage them to pursue their goals. Additionally, an alliance was formed with student councils in Quito to reach more young people, and collaboration took place with Lab XXI, a company specialized in developing social skills in young individuals to prepare them for life, work, and entrepreneurship.


 


2021-2021: EMPODERA PROJECT AND PÁRAME LA MANO INITIATIVE (PLM)


 


Párame la mano (PML) is a project that promotes creative writing, literary improvisation, and expression through lyrical art, challenging the limits of each participant by highlighting their full potential and creative capacity. In the year 2021, PLM and EMPODERA established a partnership, where a third edition of this competition with a feminist theme was designed. The process lasted three months, during which the last four weeks were dedicated to the execution of the contest. EMPODERA contributed with a feminist approach by designing content, methodologies, and themes for each phase of the competition.


 


2021-2022: Empodera Project


 


The Empodera Project, implemented in September 2021, with a duration of six weeks and involved the participation of 9 young women from the Gonzalo Escudero school in Quito, Ecuador. These participants were in their third year of high school. The project emerged as a feminist school, offering workshops covering topics such as Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Feminism, Human Rights, Long-term Life Project Development, and Soft Skills. In addition to "Empower with Your Example," where participants replicated the same activity that served as the foundation for the design of this project.


 


The main goal of this project was to question the established education model that overlooks issues where women play a leading role in the fight for collective rights. The objective was to understand and dismantle patriarchy, challenging the roles and impositions that this system has in society. Covering various topics allowed the women to recognize themselves in areas and achievements that had previously seemed distant. Moreover, it helped them comprehend the origins of inequality and its tangible impact today.This initiative provided the girls with the opportunity to learn, strengthen their empowerment, raise awareness, and have a positive impact on their homes and personal and social environments.