A total of 21 experts and professionals from leading companies in the digital field will serve as mentors for the 50 women with disabilities who have been selected to be part of the Radia Program, an initiative promoted by ONCE Foundation, the Conference of Social Councils of Spanish Universities (CCS) and Foundation CEOE, whose objective is to favor the inclusion of people with disabilities in digital work environments.

The aim is to offer employment opportunities to women with disabilities, who are the group with the fewest options for professional development in technological fields.

Mentors include Gabriela V. Orille, Carlos Santana, Rocío Arroyo, Sylvia Areitio, Fernando Piquer, Nora Alonso, Sandra Magro, Pablo González, Mónica Villas, Nacho Villoch, Rosa Mª Sánchez, Jordi Serrano, Celia Muriel, Fran Ramírez, Inés Huertas, Nerea Luis, Javier Martínez, Almudena Alcaide, Ester Morales, Alvaro Núñez and Marta Barrio.

The training will begin at the end of this month of September and will end in June 2021. A total of 50 women participate, 36% with physical disabilities and aged between 20 and 29 years (52%). Most of them (72%) do not come from STEM careers. The program has received a total of 126 applications.

The program is divided into three phases that combine face-to-face and virtual training on the hottest topics in digital transformation, such as artificial intelligence, fintech, esport, e-commerce, cybersecurity, biotechnology, blockchain or Green teach. In addition, they will have mentorship and inspiring training with mentors from different companies and internships in technology companies.

The first phase, Brain Storm, will begin on September 22. The Mentor Women phase will take place over 12 weeks and in them the scholarship recipients will learn about the real contexts of the technological field from the hands of professionals who work in the digital field and will show them their day to day, in order to teach and inspire and empower them. In the last phase, called Real Work, those selected will receive a digital training in 100 sessions of 4 hours and will be supported by mentors to carry out internships in companies selected. It is scheduled to end on June 30, 2021.

RADIA program

Radia Perlman's story inspired the name of the show RADIA WOMEN’S DIGITAL INCLUSION. Radia is the creator of one of the most widely used communication protocols in the world that makes networks work properly, are stable, robust and secure.

Currently, only one in six ICT specialists incorporated into the labor market is a woman. This fact is also compounded by the circumstance of disability, which hinders the inclusion of these women in the field of higher education and employment. That is why the purpose of the program is to offer training and employment that includes more women with disabilities in the digital sector, recognizing both the value of their contributions and their talent, something essential to build an inclusive, competitive and dynamic digital society.

From this perspective, RADIA establishes a series of steps aimed at increasing the number of university students with disabilities sitting in jobs based on the use of digital technology.

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