A new Unit set up at the Athena Research Centre will implement the strategies and activities of the “Greek Innovation Lab for Women” (#GIL4W). Launched on 11 February 2023, #GIL4W is the initiative of the Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, responsible for Demographic Policy and Family, Maria Syregela, and it aims to support and promote research, innovation and entrepreneurship of women in Greece.
#GIL4W is a partnership of 20 organisations, ministries, research centres, academic institutions, chambers of commerce and the private sector. In cooperation with the Ministry of Development and Investment and the Deputy Minister Christos Dimas, and under the auspices of the Secretariat-General for Research and Innovation, this separate unit in the Athena Research Centre is responsible for supporting and implementing the partnership’s objectives and strategies throughout Greece.
A comprehensive Action Plan, set up by all partners in the partnership, will implement a series of interventions to help women in Greece benefit from the opportunities created by the 4th Industrial Revolution. One of the main actions of #GIL4W will be to strengthen STEM fields in education to give young girls the opportunity to choose professions in new highly specialised sectors, such as Artificial Intelligence or Biotechnology, but also to highlight opportunities to finance business projects of Greek innovators.
Its delivery model will also build on examples and good practices from countries with a tradition of female innovation and entrepreneurship, such as Norway, and to this end, international partnerships with bodies such as ECWT – European Centre for Women and Technology have already been established.
You can read more on the project in the publication of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.