2016 Systers Pass It On Award Winner
Project: Code it, girl!
Women are hugely under represented in the tech industry, and only a small percentage of girls join the computer science and engineering fields. This results in fewer women entering the tech industry for work. A long term solution to this problem could be to introduce the girls to the world of programming at an early age. Currently, “Code it, girl!” has organized a couple of daylong training sessions, created a Facebook group, and utilized free online tutorials, books, and success stories via an online forum. “Code it, girl!” would like to host several workshops in different cities across Bangladesh. This will raise awareness and create learning opportunities for the girls from smaller cities as well.
“[We] have realized that girls from our region are usually very shy, and they hesitate to ask questions even in a girls-only group,” Afreen explained. “Therefore, training sessions and workshops are more effective as we get to directly interact with them.”