• Teaching new programmers, one woman at a time.

  • Why Focus on Women?

    Because women are often expected be the primary caretakers, they often have less access to employment and skills training.

    Though not ubiquitous, many women are expected to assume the responsibilities of primary caretakers at home. However, 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.



    In our women in coding program, women can learn to code right in their own homes. We are focusing on JavaScript and Python, two of the most common computer languages sought by employers. Once mastered, these languages not only improve their likelihood of employability, but allow them to work remotely. As the global economy continues to move towards digitization - more than 50% of jobs require some computer training - we want to help empower refugee 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."

    --Raghad, Turkey

    Launching Our Pilot "Women in Tech" Course

    We couple group class time with individual mentoring.

    Our coding program officially launched on February 13. We have a class of six girls this term, located in Syria, Turkey and Canada. The girls meet twice per week as a group to receive instruction from Sarah Geselowitz, the program director, who is based in New York. The girls have also been matched with individual mentors, who assist them with homework and additional questions outside of the class. At the end of the course, the girls will each build their own websites in an effort to help them build online portfolios.

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