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Young African Women Turn to Coding

Young African Women Turn to Coding

Coding is a specialized technique that enables users to create computer software, apps and websites. Training more females in this area is one way to close the gender gap in computing. Africa Renewal  interviewed one recent youth female graduate, Angela Koranteng, who concurred that in most cases, unlike girls, boys are exposed to technical matters in childhood so not many young African women can imagine themselves as coders. In a survey by the US Department of Labor, findings revealed that even in most developed countries, the computer field is disproportionately dominated by men. However, more and more opportunities are being provided for girls to learn code: technology institutions are working to increase financial support and awareness about computer programming through conferences where girls can discuss career prospects. Gender equality enthusiasts are optimistic this increase in women coders will help close the gender wage inequality gap. More.