September 12, 2013

The 5th edition of Girl-Woman Action has been launched


The action is promoted by the Alcoa unit in Poços de Caldas. Its objective is to encourage the development of young female students from the city’s public education system


During the event that was held on September 12 in the Casa da Cultura [Culture Center], the Alcoa unit in Poços de Caldas launched the 5th edition of the Girl-Women Action. It was an opportunity for directors and teachers from the city’s public schools to get to know the rules of the program and to clear up any doubts they might have.

The Girl-Woman Community Action is an initiative of AWN (Alcoa Women’s Network), the objective of which is to help with the development of young women. The 2013 edition has something new: it has been extended to include female students in the 9th year of Elementary School; previously it was only for young girls in the 1st year of Middle School.  The 50 participating students will be chosen by way of an essay writing competition, the theme of which is “What my tomorrow is going to be like”.  Those selected will take part in an event to be held in December that has a varied program schedule, including talks, personal testimonies and a theatrical presentation that focuses on personal and professional development. The prizes will be also presented to the authors of the three best essays at this time, namely a community action (ACTION) for the school attended by the author of the winning essay, and laptops, participation in the Businesspeople for the Future Program, vocational guidance sessions, backpacks, commemorative plaques and publication of the essays in Jornal Mantiqueira for all three winning students.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Alcoa has promoted Girl-Woman Action, which has already helped some 200 young girls wake up to how important it is for them to prepare for the future. “I was able to follow the progress of the students who participated up to the 3rd year of Middle School and I saw how important this event was for them. They realized that it if they wanted to have a better future than their parents it depended solely on them and they started dedicating themselves more to their studies”, said Sônia Ribeiro, a Portuguese teacher from the Dr. Edmundo G. Cardillo State School.

The Girl-Woman Action is supported by the Municipal Education Department and by the Regional Superintendent of Education’s Office and has partnerships with Lenovo, Casa da Cultura – Moreira Salles Institute, Jornal Mantiqueira [newspaper], PPCaponi, MGM Camisetas and Leopoldina Bistrô e Café.

About Alcoa

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.

In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at