Project Management

PMI Ecuador Chapter Empowers Women Through PM Training

Michelle Armstrong

The PMI Ecuador Chapter’s efforts to empower women through project management exemplifies members’ abiding commitment to make a meaningful difference in their country. The frequency with which women’s voices go unheard often positions them as less advantaged, but chapter members want to cultivate their leadership potential.

“In Ecuador and in other parts of the world, women have historically been viewed as vulnerable, but they are the most responsible when it comes to raising their family,” explains Santiago Cartagena, PMP, the chapter’s PMIEF liaison. “Women generally oversee their children’s development into responsible adults, so they require—and deserve—the support necessary to strengthen the talents they possess.”

In 2016, the chapter launched a media campaign to promote members’ willingness to deliver pro bono project management fundamentals training to nonprofits and those who benefit from their services. Several organizations approached the chapter, including OVCI, which implements rehabilitation projects to better ensure the equitable treatment and inclusion of women suffering economic challenges and physical disabilities.

Chapter members teamed with OVCI and various organizations to teach women project management, with an emphasis on concepts like defining project scope, developing a …

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