Why the world is empowering African girls to learn technology
We need more women in male-dominated fields
African female coders are on the “front-line” of bringing better balance between men and women in technology-based jobs, notes António Guterres, secretary general to the United Nations.
The secretary general attended the African Union Summit in Ethiopia where he met girls who are part of the African Girls Can Code Initiative, which runs until 2022. “We need more girls to take technology courses,” said Guterres. “This is absolutely crucial. If girls and women are not more involved in technology professions, power relations will remain very male-dominated.”
According to the United Nations, there are many reasons to support women in science and technology jobs:
- women make up less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide
- access to tech help’s empower women’s economic development
- tech can benefit women’s health
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we promote equality for girls, so they can reach their potential. In India, we’re joining with Tata Trusts and Google India to fund a project, which involves training women on digital devices.
To learn more about how you can support girls around the world today, visit our gift catalogue.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.