Nonprofit’s Surprising Journey to Teach Girls to Code in Afghanistan


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When new opportunities arise for young women, the whole world wins – and in Afghanistan, this is especially highlighted by the story of 40 teenage girls, learning skills for the tech economy of the future.

Girls Can Code is an intensive introductory program for coding developed by education-based nonprofit The Womanity Foundation. The program brings hope to girls in Kabul that seek stable opportunities in IT, a career that could take any teenage girl far. In Afghanistan, such a career would also allow her to work safely from home, earn money, and support her family without having to face the turbulence of everyday life.

In a country that poses many obstacles for women looking to enter the labor force, the program promises a steady path for girls who want to work: nearly 85% of jobs in IT are available to Afghan women, and the program helps to prove the strength and advantages of women entering the industry.

The Womanity Foundation has been involved in encouraging new skills and opening opportunities girls’ education for nearly a decade. Despite societal resistance, the nonprofit continues to take leaps in the right direction.

“If you can prove you can do this effectively for teenage girls in Afghanistan, imagine what we can do in other developing areas,” says Antonella Notari Vischer, director of The Womanity Foundation.

As young women learn new technologies like coding, doors begin to open for a future that might have otherwise stayed shut. The growth of tech in Afghanistan and around the world will only accelerate and expand for the better when opportunity meets hard work as it has here.