Raúl: De nada, Spiffy! I’m addressing three big causes: education, economic empowerment, and equality. At GreenPretzel we work towards the UN SDGs by delivering tools and methodologies for young people to become changemakers. We have a special interest in achieving equal opportunities for young women. One of our main projects addresses the gap in the science and technology sector — most young girls don't have the chance, the role models, or the support from parents and teachers to become scientists or work in technology.
Fannie: Well, Spiffy, did you realize that our online world is gender-biased? For example, only 18% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women, despite thousands of women meeting Wikipedia’s notability standards. In digital news platforms, only one-in-three-mentions of a person is a woman, in part because the search algorithms used by journalists to find sources to interview overrepresent men. Over the long-term, this gender gap in online representation shapes our beliefs of what women can accomplish by amplifying society’s gender biases.
Renu: Thanks so much for having me, Spiffy. Well, according to the 2020 World Economic Forum report, India stands at 149 of the 153 countries surveyed in the economic participation and opportunities for women. At STEP we are trying to build a gender equitable world where all women entrepreneurs are empowered. Our purpose is to create a supportive environment for women-led early stage (social) startups to help them survive the initial phase which is the most difficult part of one's entrepreneurial journey. Our mission is to support 1,000 such enterprises over the next ten years.
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