WeAreHERe for girl students

Starting from the early 2000s, it became evident to the national and international scientific community that women's access to technical-scientific professions was limited and that a career in these sectors was often purely a male prerogative.

Politecnico's commitment to this issue began in 2001 with the launch of the project Donna: Professione Ingegnere. A project funded by the Piedmont Region and the European Social Fund, which contributed significantly to increasing the percentage of female presence among freshmen in Engineering: if in the a.y. 2001/2002 it was around 15%, in the a.y. 2004/2005 it reached 19%, to arrive in 2010, the last year of activation of the project, at 23%, a percentage that has remained more or less stable in the following decade. In 2019, also in the face of the changed work context in which technical-scientific skills have become increasingly necessary, the university has chosen to take up the theme by launching the new WeAreHERe project, which in two years has seen the percentage of female students enrolled in engineering increase to 27%.

WeAreHERe is a project created by Poliwo, the open community of Politecnico faculty members who discuss and reflect on issues of gender equality and diversity within the University. WeAreHere means We are Here, We are She: a project with physical and communication actions aimed at increasing the number of female students enrolled in courses in the Engineering area through the involvement of female engineering students themselves. Tools to achieve this ambitious goal are events (live/online, conducted in Italian secondary schools) and actions to raise awareness of the opportunities that Engineering offers to women and the importance of female engineers as a resource that the society of the future can no longer give up.

In addition to these, there are various activities of discussion and contact with Politecnico girl students through dedicated communication channels on social networks and moments of individual meetings and advice, such as mentoring activities by Master's degree girl students to girl students in their first year.