I remember what it was like to grow up a girl; it was a world full of possibility, but also innumerable barriers – some imagined, and many very real – at every turn.
Though much has changed since I was a girl, women and girls are still often more deeply impacted by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. This year on October 11, the fifth annual International Day of the Girl, we join countless others in global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls – and to celebrate what girls and young women can accomplish when they’re inspired and encouraged.
Intel is fully committed to empowering girls and women around the world, and our investments (as well as the passion of our employees) encourage, engage, and excite more girls and women to actively participate in accessing, learning, and creating technology. Such programs include advocacy for education for all girls through Girl Rising, which has reached over 200 million people around the world; our own employees proudly supported more than 100 volunteer and film screening events in over 30 countries. We support digital literacy training through Intel® She Will Connect; this week we’re training 60 girls in Mukuru kwa Njenga, East Nairobi with the skills they’ll need to reach their next level. We also support immersive hands-on experiences such as the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camps, and recently supported a bright group of girls in Peru, in collaboration with Girl Up, the U.S. Department of State, and others.
Click on the images below to learn more about how these girls are changing their lives and the lives of those around them:
We have the potential to make a huge impact where it really counts, and it starts with girls. We believe that working with our partners to create safe and friendly spaces where girls and women can collaborate to innovate and implement solutions that address the most pressing inequalities within their communities will accelerate progress to improve conditions for everyone around the world.
Take action today. Visit Let Girls Learn to support girls and women in your community. Attend an event supporting International Day of the Girl listed on the UNICEF website. Visit the Girl Rising website to learn about their new film, We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World. For more information about Intel’s girls and women’s initiatives, visit at intel.com/girlsintech.