Girls On the Move Week 2020 : a colourful international week !

Published on March 11, 2020


As in 2019, International Women's Rights Day was an opportunity for a dozen partners to mobilize their counterparts on the different continents to raise awareness of gender issues in scientific and technical professions and together carry out actions aimed at introducing more young women to technological careers.

From Colombia to Oman, via Europe of course, round tables and afterworks took place during the week of March 8th .

Come and discover the actions from Elles bougent & its partners all around the world. (non-exhaustive list). 


Discover all the actions 



The AEFE organized 10 actions in 5 countries : Senegal, Philippines, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Spain. From 4 to 11 March 2020, the AEFE enabled 695 young girls to exchange, participate in a round table, enjoy theater workshops, visit a company thanks to 85 great role models !

  • Spain : The french high school of Valence organized actions from march 2 to 6 for the #GOM2020.  Students were able to attend a conference with Marta Marcello and Olga Márquez, HR and Telecommunication Engineer at Telefónica and and they were also able to spend a morning at Capgemini's headquarters ! 


  • Senegal“ My colleagues and I enjoyed the experience very much. The students were extremly glad” Aline Le ScraigneMath’s teacher at Jean Mermoz’s highschool

 In Dakar,March 4, 2020,  three women scientists presented their profession to young girls in the second year of secondary school. This was followed by an exchange/debate on the under-representation of women in industrial occupations, on stereotypes and on the interest of these young women in studying science and working in scientific and technical fields. The debate was fuelled by the exhibition "Les découvreuses anonymes" (Anonymous women discoverers), developed by the associations Wax Science and Animafac. Thanks to Véronique MORTIAUX, Flight Dynamics Engineer at EUTELSAT, Nene CISSE, Railway Engineer at Thales Group, Fatou Kiné NGOM, Project Engineer at Vinci Energies and Adja Ndicou Tall TALLA, Human Resources Manager at Vinci Energies Senegal for coming and exchanging with the young girls.


  • United Arab Emirates : For March 8, the students of the Louis matignon high school in Abu Dabi organized a flashmob and a magazine in honor of women ! A big thank you to Nawal El Yadari and her students ! Great job !




Our partener the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) has organised 6 actions in 6 coutnries for the Girls On the Move Week. From March 2 to 7, 2020, more than 260 young girls have were made aware of scientific and technical professions and fields in Cameroon, Romania, Moldova, Congo, Mauritius and Madagascar.

  • Cameroun : The March 4th event raised awareness among more than 30 girls and 9 Role Models of Elles bougent. The girls were able to visit the AES-SONEL technical factory in Ngaoundéré, guided by an electrical systems expert and the technical premises of ADC Ngaoundéré, guided by an aviation expert and they were also able to participate in a Round Table on sharing the experiences of six women professionals and researchers in the field of STEM.

  • Madagascar :  On March 7, 40 girls were able to learn how to code with scrath while having fun and develop their creative thinking.

  • Ile Maurice : The March 3, event in Mauritius welcomed 60 girls. The Francophone Digital Campus (CNF) of Réduit, of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, in collaboration with the Organization of Women of Science for the Developing World (OWSD),  organized an event with young students on the theme of agriculture.The activity consisted of a screening of videos on this theme, followed by questions and answers with women scientists in the field of agriculture. Some plants were planted to commemorate this activity !


Bouygues Construction

Bouygues Construction organised 4 actions in Australia, Morocco and Switzerland where 73 young girls were made aware of the engineering professions!

  • Morocco: Two actions were organised in Casablanca, Morocco! On March 4 and March 6 BYMARO invited female students from engineering schools for a presentation and site visit with female collaborators. The aim of this action is to promote the profession of female engineers and technicians, to present the diversity of professions and to arouse the interest of young girls.



For this 4th edition, Colas organized 6 actions in 5 countries: Croatia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ireland, United Arab Emiratesthe United States. More than 145 young girls were made aware of scientific and technical careers by meeting 35 role models !

  • Croatia: on March 6, 13 young girls were able to attend a round table discussion with Colas Hrvatska employees and students from the Northern University after an introductory speech by Siniša Koscak (CEO Colas Hrvatska). Thanks to Ljubinka Sever civil engineer in the position of Manager PC North, Jasenka Maltarić - Dujnić human resources manager and Romana Petričević financial manager who shared their experiences with these 13 young girls!


  • USA: Barrett Northeast Division hosted a luncheon on March 3 for women enrolled in engineering programs in SUNY Township. This opportunity will allow women to get involved in the construction and manufacturing industries, which could open up opportunities for internships and full-time jobs in the future. All this in the company of female students, professors and engineers.



 Enac Alumni :

Enac Alumni organized an action in Melbourne, USA, on March 3rd, led by Marie Guittard, Senior Aviation Consultant at DY Consultants and member of ENAC Alumni USA and Marie Guittard from the National Civil Aviation University (ENAC, France) and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Thanks to them 23 young girls were mobilized.

Engie & Suez  :

Our partners ENGIE and SUEZ are joining our Girls On the Move Week event by co-organising two actions in Oman and Qatar on March 8. These actions have united 113 girls and 34 role models !

  • Qatar: In Doha, the event enabled young girls to learn about the role of women in STEM. During the conference-debate, two women engineers from ENGIE and two others from SUEZ presented their experiences. The conference ended with a visit to the Al Karaana lagoons, managed by Suez.


  • Oman: In Barka, 50 girls were able to visit the station in which ENGIE and SUEZ are equal shareholders. Representatives of ENGIE and SUEZ explained their role as engineers in the various power generation (ENGIE) and seawater desalination (SUEZ) plants in Oman.


Faurecia :

Our partner Faurecia organized 8 actions in Mexico, Romania and India, mobilizing 333 young girls!

  • India: on March 5th, 213 young girls had the chance to participate in a debate and a workshop in Pune. 8 Faurecia employees visited 213 students from St. Mary's School and Junior College, an institute that is over 150 years old. They were able to discuss with them the various career opportunities available to women in the STEM field, particularly in the automotive industry. Following this, the female students were able to participate in an interactive ideation workshop with the students, led by the Novus X.0 team, an initiative of Faurecia India aimed at fostering an open innovation culture among students. The students were invited to use their imagination to find innovative solutions to problems encountered in the automotive sector.


Plastic Omnium :

Plastic Omnium, our partner, is once again taking part in our international Girls On the Move Week event by initiating 1 great action ! A total of 13 young girls were mobilized & got the chance to meet 6 role models.

  • Spain: 13 young girls were sensitized and were able to exchange with godmothers who had come to tell the story of a typical day for an "engineer".



Safran  :

From March 2 to March 5,  Safran and its 83 role models raised awareness among more than 120 young girls in 5 countries: United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Morocco and Canada.

  • United Kingdom: Safran Landing Systems UK organized an event in Gloucester on March 4, where several female students were invited to reflect on the career opportunities available to them within aviation and aerospace and the Safran group. The programme included a question-and-answer session with employees and the Airbus Landing Gear Program Manager, a visit to the SLS UK Glos site and challenges such as the Marshmallow challenge of building the tallest tower in a short space of time.


  • Brazil: SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES BRAZIL organized a technical visit to its plant on March 3, with more than 25 female student engineers and technicians, to introduce them to ¨monde¨des helicopter turbines. This visit was guided by the Production Manager, Mrs. Cristiane MONTEIRO and the Continuous Improvement Manager, Mrs. Vanna BRANCO.


Veolia :

Our partner, Veolia, organized 40 actions in 18 countries like Argentina, Oman, Morocco, Belgium, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Chile,  Australia, Romania, Colombia, etc ! Nearly 2 000 young girls were mobilized from March 2 to 10, 2020!

  • Canada: 11 young girls were able to take part in this event in Saint-Hyacinthe. On March 6, they were invited to the Biotechnology and Civil Engineering Department of the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe to discover the used oil regeneration site, the first plant in Quebec to transform used oil into clean, reusable resources. Students and teachers had the chance to meet three Veolia experts working at the Saint-Hyacinthe plant: the quality assurance director, the performance and optimization director and our site manager.
  • Morocco:  20 young girls were able to visit the Redal site with women engineers and technicians from Veolia.
  • Australia: Veolia organized an event in Sydney to raise awareness among 30 young girls. The program included a question-and-answer session with female engineers and scientists, a tour of the Kurnell desalination plant and a lunch between students and Veolia's women engineers and scientists.


Vinci :

VINCI is once again participating in our event, Girls On the Move Week, by organizing 10 actions in 6 countries: Morocco, United Kingdom, Colombia, Belgium, Brazil, Australia ! 931 young girls and 82 Roles model of Elles bougent exchanged views with each other from 2 to 11 March.

  • Colombia: VÍA 40 EXPRESS, a subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, which operates the Bogotá-Girardot motorway in Colombia, organised an event with more than 200 young women. There was an improvisational performance on the importance and role of women in the infrastructure sector. Actors, engineers and students participated in the performance. The aim was to motivate and inspire girls to choose careers in engineering and science with humorous sketches. The day ended with a short round table discussion with some ANI engineers during which the students were able to ask all their questions


  • Peru:  "If you choose careers in science and technology, you can be anything you wantMayra Espinoza Reyes, Systems Management Specialist - DevOps Engineering de IBM Peru. In Lima, the event aimed to provide information about careers in STEM to girls and young women aged 15-22, beneficiaries of our social programs, daughters of workers and the general public. The event featured women leaders in STEM careers who shared their inspiring cases and the challenges they have faced in their working lives. The event was attended by speakers from: APOYO Institute, UNESCO, IBM Peru, University of Engineering and Technology - UTEC and Laboratoria.



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