250 Salvadorans girls motivated by a dream

Microsoft El Salvador, with the support of the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the sixth edition of DigiGirlz. This Microsoft program offers girls in middle school and high school opportunities to learn about careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry, connects them with Microsoft employers, and let them participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

This edition of DigiGirlz benefited 250 girls from institutions in the country’s public schools with  academic excellence. Attendees were motivated to learn about the various proposals and possibilities that the world of technology and innovation offers.

U.S. Ambassador in El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, encouraged the young assistants to continue their efforts and invited them to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to cultivate a better future. “Each of you has the power, not only to change your country, but to go even further and help resolve regional and global challenges. Decide now, promote change, be women who do things with passion, be women who make a difference. For some time, it seemed like my dream was truly over but persistence, integrity, and staying true to what you are as a person – those are the things that matter,” added the US diplomat.

“The mission of DigiGirlz is to give young women the opportunity to learn as well as to connect with Microsoft employees and inspire them through different experiences and testimonies on how this discipline can support them to reach that potential,” said the General Manager of Microsoft El Salvador, Gracia Maria Rossi.

Naomi Hernandez, a Salvadoran graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aerospace Engineer, said: “It is necessary to break the barriers and put all the effort.”

DigiGirlz is a global program run in multiple countries, including the United States. In 2011, around 36 Microsoft offices offered over 2,000 women different events designed to break stereotypes and give participants a deep look at careers in the technology industry.