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African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

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Sizolwethu Maphanga (left) and Mariam Said Muhammed.

The African Girls Can Code Initiative works to empower girls across Africa by helping them build digital literacy and computer skills and placing them on the path to tech careers.

Credit: Sizolwethu Maphanga, Mariam Said Muhammed

The African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

Launched by the United Nations Women and the African Union Commission, the International Telecommunication Union, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the initiative aims to help girls pursue technology careers by building digital literacy and computer skills.

AGCCI intends to train at least 2,000 girls aged 17 to 25 to become computer programmers, creators, and designers.

UNECA's Awa Ndiaye-Seck said, "We aim to address not only the policy-level bottlenecks related to access to technology and finances, but also the gender-based harmful norms and practices that hinder women and girls from pursuing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] fields."

From UN Women
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