International Day of the Girl Child: Help create a more equitable future

October 11 marks the 10th International Day of the Girl. Despite the increased attention that has been given to issues that matter to girls on the world stage, girls continue to confront a myriad of challenges to fulfilling their potential every day. We are observing this day to help create a more equitable and prosperous future for girls today and for future generations of girls through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Through initiatives created with its Ubisoft Education partners, Ubisoft’s studios in Canada are actively involved in local causes that introduce girls to STEM. The goal is that girls will picture themselves working in these exciting fields.

We invite you to (re)discover a few of our initiatives.

Les filles et les sciences, un duo électrisant ! (Girls and Science: An Electrifying Duo)

Ubisoft Education is back with an electrifying event for girls in Montreal, Quebec City, and Sherbrooke. This event—which aims to short-circuit the shortage of female workers in science and technology—is more in tune than ever with the industry’s needs. For the past two decades, this event has been giving young high school girls in Quebec the opportunity to learn about exciting career options in these fields, where the prospects are as diverse as they are promising.

Here are the dates for this year’s event:
– Thursday, October 27, in Sherbrooke
– Saturday, November 5, in Quebec City
– Saturday, November 19, in Montreal

For more information and/or to register your girls, visit the event website.

Encouraging our employees as mentors

We are also thrilled to have been able to contribute to the success of women in the industry via Academos, a not-for-profit organization that connects youth aged 14 to 30 with the world of work through a virtual mentoring application. We have been proud supporters of the initiative for five years, and, today, more than 60 mentors from the studios in Montreal, Quebec City, and Saguenay are helping young people find their dream jobs.

Keep your eyes peeled for two videos from the organization featuring our colleagues, including Pascaline Lavedrine, production manager, who has been mentoring young people at Academos for several years now, as well as in a video game creation project by Youth Fusion.

Given that I personally work in an extremely vibrant tech and creative industry, I feel it is important to reach out to the next generation of talent to see what interests them and answer their questions. And if young girls are inspired by my example, I hope that our conversations will help spark an interest in STEM and will perhaps encourage them to take this path to achieve their dreams – Lavedrine.

We are proud to help create a more equitable and prosperous future for girls and women through these and other initiatives such as Technovation Montréal, Kids Code Jeunesse, and university scholarships.