SDG 4 is all about empowering women and diminishing the gender inequalities that exist in our societies. With #eskills4girls, Impact Hub Harare aims to work towards this goal by broadening young minds about the careers that exist for women in tech. The internet is rapidly changing our world and the way we live and work. According to Deloitte, the ongoing digital transformation has the amazing potential to create millions of jobs in emerging markets. However, current indications show alarmingly, that women and girls do not benefit from this potential, especially in developing countries. It is estimated that there are some 250 million fewer women online than men and this gap continues to grow. While the gap is rather small in OECD countries, it amounts to nearly 25% in developing ones (UN Women Report). The causes for the digital gender gap are manifold but they all contribute to the same problem – existing inequalities between men and women are rising because women lack access to and are unable to make proper use of digital technology. This trend is highly problematic because it imperils the progress already made

What Happens When You Teach A Young Girl To Code?

A Revolution

Discussion on the opportunities available in the tech industry
DevC co-lead Kuzivakwashe Muvezwa introducing the girls to basic HTML and Vim editor

Who Run The World?

Some of the key factors keeping women and girls from accessing the internet include the lack of skills and support from their social environment. One way of addressing such problems is non-formal education. Educational opportunities targeting women and girls both in and outside of the formal education system for digital literacy should be created. Additionally, public awareness campaigns, launched and run by civil societies can challenge existing stereotypes. Over time, this can help shift negative attitudes about women engaging in the digital sector.

Privilege walk: A reflection on the differences that exist in terms of exposure to ICT
Kuzivakwashe explaining some Vim commands to the girls
What would all this be without a group photo after a fun filled day
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