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Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief

Secretary-General António Guterres attends a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Event on Digital Coding at the 32nd Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Secretary-General António Guterres attends a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Event on Digital Coding at the 32nd Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. -- photo credit: UN Photo/Antonio Fiorente

Young female African coders are “on the front-line” of the battle to change traditionally male power relations and bring about a more equitable balance between men and women, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said during his visit to Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa..

The UN chief was speaking after meeting girls from across the continent taking part in the African Girls Can Code Initiative, a joint initiative from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UN Women. This new programme saw more than 80 girls from 34 African countries join the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa for 10 days in August 2018.

The girls attending the courses learn about digital literacy, coding and personal development skills, including enterprise know-how to ensure their financial security. They are trained as programmers, creators and designers, so that they are well equipped to compete for careers in areas such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and coding. The initiative will runs until 2022 and is expected to reach more than 2,000 girls through 18 Coding Camps.

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