#IamtheCODE is empowering women & girls in marginalized communities

#IamtheCODE is empowering women & girls in marginalized communities

IamtheCODE is a global initiative that seeks to empower girls and women in marginalized areas by advancing STEAMED (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship) subjects.

The IamtheCODE movement was founded by Senegalese-born British technologist, Academy Member of the Global Teacher Prize and Young Global Leader, Marième Jamme.

The initiative partners with governments, the private sector, civil society and philanthropic foundations, and investors to advance STEAMED education.

The African-led global movement hopes to equip 1 million women and girls coders by 2030 and give them the skills they will need in the future in order to find decent work. This is in line with its mission to empowering women and girls to achieve their full economic potential.

IamtheCODE is using technology and digital literacy training to tackle the current global shortage of STEM Skills in marginalized and deprived communities. This will further help bridge the gender gap in these fields.

This organization has partnered with giant organizations, including the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the UN High-Level Panel of Women Economic Empowerment, Microsoft, UBS, and Unilever.

It gets better;

The organization is recognized and accredited by the United Nations as the first African-led global initiative that explores the potential of digital technologies with the goal of improving the lives of women and girls in marginalized communities around the world.

IamtheCODE digital clubs

The iamtheCODE digital clubs are spaces where a variety of technologies, solutions, and innovations are used to equip the next generation of digital leaders to become digitally literate.

The technologies used in this environment are focussed on STEM subjects.

The digital code club targets women in marginalized societies and they are run through partnerships with technology hubs, schools, libraries, a community centers, or companies.

At present, the organization has 12-weeks digital code clubs in over 13 libraries in Africa, Asia, and the UK.

To run an iamtheCODE digital club, partners need a curriculum, safe space, participants or trainees, a creative facilitator, refreshments, trainees name tags, internet for certain activities, and commitment to completing the 12-week training sessions.

SDGs Hackathons

The organization also organizes SDGs Hackathons, a code-a-thon where developers, designers, hackers, students, entrepreneurs, and educators collaborate on various projects including applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions. This event is a chance to excise skills, learn from others, and work with other hackers.

If you would like to learn more about IamtheCODE, visit their website, to join this noble movement, contact ikram_a@iamthecode.org or send them a message on Facebook.
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