Why Focus on Women?
Because women are often expected be the primary caretakers, they often have less access to employment and skills training.
Nearly 1 in 4 Syrian refugee women are heads of households, meaning they both need to raise children and provide means to support their families. Accessing employment is difficult, and job skills training can be expensive or challenging to reach, particularly for those with young children. This leaves many women with few options. Over 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of camps, compounding the difficulties of reaching women in their own homes to provide skills training.
As the global economy continues to move towards digitization - more than 50% of jobs require some computer training - we want to help empower marginalized women's access to the market.
"This coding course will help me a lot in the future to freelance and get a bigger job than I have."
Launching our Fall "Women in Tech" Course
We couple group class time with individual mentoring.
After running our pilot in the spring the Women in Tech program, we've launched the full course in September 2017. We have a class of ten girls this term, located inside of Syria, in Turkey and Jordan. The girls meet twice per week as a group to receive instruction from Sarah Geselowitz, the program founder, and her co-manager Marwa Darweesh, a graduate from the pilot program. The goal is to help teach women vital coding skills that can provide lucrative and sustaining remote work.