CodeGirls Pakistan, an exclusively women-only coding initiative with one goal to improve the gender parity in Pakistan’s tech industry, has organized a digital skills training programme will be conducted on 25 September 2021 from 12:30-17:30 Hrs (Pakistan -Islamabad – time). The event marks Girls in ICT Day Pakistan programme and is supported by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication of Pakistan, GSMA, W4, ITU, EQUALS Global Partnership and CodeGirls.
The first session will feature a hands-on mobile app development Tech4Girls workshop within the framework of the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.
The EQUALS Tech4Girls workshop series aim to make younger females feel welcome and empowered in the tech and mobile industries by overcoming gender barriers in relation to access and use of digital technologies. Within this context, EQUALS Tech4Girls Mobile Apps workshops enable a critical mass of women to leverage technology and to address personal and local challenges. The Initiative’s comprehensive training also involves boosting self-confidence and creativity, breaking stereotypes and gender norms and enjoying the act of learning. Building mobile apps gives girls and young women a glimpse of the booming app industry and lets them experience creating something with technology.
The goal of the workshop is to teach girls and young women a new set of digital skills that help them shift from just consuming information to becoming digital creators. Through this program, participants will learn the basics of creating mobile applications through the usage of Thunkable, with an aim to create an electronic book that represents women in STEM role models across various countries in South Asia.
The second session will invite students and girls in tech to join the ITU presentation on Online Safety. Protecting people online is a common responsibility and it is up to all relevant stakeholders to ensure a sustainable future for all.
All sessions are instructor-Led (Online with Live Instructor) and will be delivered in Urdu as well as English. Girls and young women between ages 18 – 30 years can sign up. All participants should have basic knowledge of Windows and computers such as browsing the Internet, sending emails etc. To attend, all participants must have a laptop or desktop computer with Internet Connection, smartphone and phone cable to connect phone with laptop or desktop computer and an E-mail account / Gmail.
Talking about the program, Shamim Rajani – Founder CodeGirls said: “This is our 2nd year of partnership with Tech4Girls and we are happy to host the workshops once again. Last year, we did two workshops on Introduction to Tech through eCommerce, which were onsite. As we are based in Karachi, this opportunity was limited. But now, we have 5 workshops planned this year, three on Mobile App Development and two on eCommerce and we have made them virtual, so that women from all around the country can participate.”
Faiza Yousuf – Cofounder CodeGirls also added: “CodeGirls is keen to work with organizations from all around the Globe to bring in more opportunities for girls and women, especially in Pakistan. We strongly believe in the transformative power of technology and also, on the importance of financial independence for women. We are happy to host these year’s workshops and would like to do so in the future as well.
CodeGirls is inviting role models from local industries, especially women who are coming to tech from non-engineering/tech backgrounds to inspire our participants.
Participant Profile: Girls/Women, aged between 18-30, with basic tech literacy, from all over the country. Limited seats are available.
Registration closes on 15th September 2021 at 10 pm PK time.
Confirmations will be sent by 17th September 2021.
Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion and a swag kit via courier.
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CodeGirls is a community-funded Coding and Business Skills boot camp, run by ConsulNet Corporation with its partners, United Global Initiative and WomenInTechPK. The boot camp is specifically designed for girls/women from middle to low-income families, with no prior tech education, who are looking to break into the tech industry by learning how to code. This female empowerment program, in multiple phases, is transforming 220 lives every four months.
EQUALS began in 2014 as a collaboration between ITU and UN Women. The GEM-TECH Awards, as EQUALS was initially called, sought to “create a platform for advancing women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs and their role as decision-makers and producers within this sector” by recognizing organizations that worked towards increasing women and girls’ presence in digital spaces, facilitating their access to new technologies and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in ICT. Today, EQUALS boasts nearly 100 partners dedicated to closing the gender digital divide.