Maria-Alexandra Kefala
Maria-Alexandra KefalaDeputy Minister of Social Cohesion and Family Affairs

The aim though our policies is to give the opportunity to every woman in Greece to fulfill her goals and expectations in equity. Support her to bring out her abilities and talents, to participate equally in every aspect of personal and professional life, as well as in public politics, promote the access for her to flourish in today’s reality.

Eva Fabry
Eva FabryDirector of the European Centre for Women and Technology - ECWT

The European Centre for Women and Technology functioning as the leading European multi-stakeholder platform for the women in ICT & STEAM agenda as endorsed by the European e-Skills Association, is honored and delighted to join the Hellenic Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for launching #GIL4W – the Greek Innovation Lab for Women. ECWT is committed to deliver an added value in terms of knowledge transfer, network, financing and the measurement of the impact of the #GIL4W Action Plan implemented 2021-2025.

The Model

The model for #GIL4W developed by the European Centre for Women and Technology has been tailored to the needs of the members of the hub built on: extensive context research, stakeholders mapping, survey and analysis of the needs of the target group, deep interviews, collection and analysis of international good examples, incorporating of the UN Women´s Innovation Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and linking to the EU Green Deal, the Digital Investment Plan for Europe and the EU Post-COVID Recovery Plan.

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Women Involved




Startups Reached


Our Priorities

Strengthening the Role of Women in Research

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Use of AI to increase Gender Equality

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Increasing Women’s Labor Market Participation

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Green Regional Partnerships for better Gender Equality in Greece

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Improving Women’s Health and Wellbeing

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Expanding Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs

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Girls’ Education in a changing World: Innovation for Learning

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Expected Results

The developed concept presented is not only ambitious, systemic and fully grounded in national and international research, but, as the outcome of intensive dialogues and collaboration, it represents the common views of all involved parties.

  • The platform

    We intend to create an appropriate platform for the development of high-tech entrepreneurship in the digital economy.

  • Support

    We intend to support research and innovation for the creation of start-ups.

  • Transfer

    We intend to transfer the benefits of growth to the rest of the economy.

  • Create

    We intend to create the conditions for equal participation in the new environment that is shaped by the constant evolution of research and AI and the diffusion of benefits across society with a special focus on female talent

The Pillars of #GIL4W

Action Plan 2021-2025

Executive Summary

The #GIL4W initiative concentrates efforts to leverage accumulated knowledge, strategies, best practices and policies in Europe and worldwide, offer state-of-the-art career counselling and mentoring; raise awareness about careers based on Innovation; enhance entrepreneurship; encourage a more balanced representation of gender in economic decision making; end the digital divide and build an e-inclusive society.

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Action Plan

It has been widely recognized that the competitiveness, innovativeness and social cohesion in the European economy are heavily dependent on the strategic and efficient use of digital and green technologies as well as on the knowledge, advanced skills, and capabilities of the European labour force and citizens, both men and women. The present Action Plan presents the aims and goals set by #GIL4W founding members.

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Our Priorities

In defining the #GIL4W main priorities, all the founding members have been asked to submit their recommendations taking into account the Greek national policy and E.U. principles and guidelines such as shared concept notes on digital skills, so that specific targeted actions to be discussed and evaluated under specific criteria and KPIs.

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Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs – Deputy Minister

Ministry of Development and Investments

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs

Entreprise Greece – Invest & Trade

Institute of Educational Policy

European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT)

Athena Research & Innovation Information Teachnologies

National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”

Hellenic Pasteur Institute

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)

Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming”

Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

University of Patras

American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

National Chamber Network of Women Entrepreneurs

Cisco Networking Academy