International Women's Day 2024: Inspire Inclusion

As we stand on the brink of International Women's Day 2024, themed 'Inspire Inclusion' it's crucial to reflect on the strides we've made towards forging a more inclusive world and the journeys yet to be undertaken. Inclusion is more than just an idea, it's a driver of change that helps people from every background find their role, voice, and strength in today's society. A shining example of this force in action is Dina Vyapuri, the founder of Purpl Unicorn, an organisation dedicated to empowering displaced migrants by opening doors to opportunities in the tech industry. 

We are privileged to engage in a conversation with Dina, who has made County Kerry her home. Dina is also Founder and CEO of techfindr and Co-Founder of Cyber Women Ireland. Here she discusses how Purpl Unicorn is encapsulating the power of resilience, innovation, and collective effort in fostering an inclusive environment where every contribution is acknowledged and celebrated. 


In the Heart of Change: Purpl Unicorn's Mission

In the midst of global instability, where conflicts displace millions, it becomes our shared duty to ensure that no one is overlooked. Purpl Unicorn's essence lies in its commitment to helping displaced migrants overcome barriers by equipping them with the skills needed for meaningful tech industry roles. This mission is not just about job creation; it's about fostering hope, dignity, and economic empowerment.


Empowering Through Education: Bridging the Skills Gap

Recognising the unique challenges displaced migrants face, Purpl Unicorn's meticulously designed upskilling programmess are a beacon of hope. These programmes address crucial gaps, offering technical training, mentorship, and real-world project experience. By doing so, Purpl Unicorn not only opens career pathways but also instills confidence in participants, enabling them to envision a future filled with possibilities.


Cultivating Growth, Belonging and Transformation

At its core, Purpl Unicorn is more than an educational institution; it's a community that thrives on support, belonging, and mutual inspiration. This environment nurtures growth, encourages resilience, and celebrates every milestone, ensuring that every participant's journey is supported every step of the way. Purpl Unicorn's mission extends to ensuring that participants not only gain new skills but also find their place in the tech industry, a sector known for its potential for upward mobility and financial security. By aligning participants' skills and aspirations with the needs of the tech industry, Purpl Unicorn facilitates not just employment but meaningful career transitions.


The Power of Stories & Partnerships

Every success story at Purpl Unicorn is a testament to the resilience of displaced migrants. They stand as a testament to the transformative impact of our upskilling initiatives and challenge societal stereotypes surrounding displaced individuals. By sharing these stories, we aim to inspire others and create a ripple effect of positive change within communities.

Purpl Unicorn's work is grounded in a profound belief in the inherent value and potential of every displaced migrant. We are driven by the desire to create a world where no one is left behind, where individuals are empowered to rebuild their lives and contribute meaningfully to society. Through our commitment to upskilling displaced migrants for the tech industry, we are not only transforming individual lives but also fostering a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce. We are proud to partner with organisations such as MASI, Irish Refugee Council, Direct Provision Centers and industry partners such as Logitech, ServiceNow, VigiTrust, and Ergo, who have experienced the benefits of hiring from the displaced migrants' community.


Call to Action: Joining Forces for Change

As Purpl Unicorn sets ambitious goals for the future, it extends an invitation to all: businesses, professionals, and individuals alike to contribute in any way possible. Whether through mentorship, donations, or employment opportunities, every gesture of support paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.

As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's remember the importance of inclusion and the impact it has on creating a more equitable society. Organisations like Purpl Unicorn are at the forefront of this change, demonstrating how innovation, compassion, and community can come together to make a substantial difference. It's through stories like these that we find inspiration to act, to contribute, and to ensure that every voice, no matter how quiet, is heard and valued. Let's carry forward the spirit of "Inspire Inclusion" making every action count towards building a world where diversity is not just accepted but celebrated.

Purpl Unicorn

Purpl Unicorn was founded by Dina Vyapuri in 2019 who believes that displaced migrants have valuable…