Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace is considered by many to be the world’s first computer programmer. Yet, women don’t often see themselves represented in the tech space. Of men with STEM degrees, 40% work in technical careers; only 26% of women with STEM degrees do. Systemic changes are needed.
Luckily, relevant support is already available. Catherine Ashcraft of the NCWIT provided some much-needed perspective and advice. She has identified three main ways that misperceptions about women in tech take hold:
- Societal influences and biases
- Elementary and secondary education
- Workplace systems
By fixing the systems, we can reverse the trend and build a more supporting ecosystem. We put this approach into practice. How? One step at a time. Always forward. In collaboration with our transnational partners, we:
- Highlight how the systems are broken.
- Identify existing systemic barriers
- Build tangible change
Driven by vision, enthusiasm (and coffee), we provide gender-specific support to young female newcomers. Wondering how it works? Well, we partnered up with Codam, who can offer you a life change.
Our first aim is to ensure balance, rather than more favourable circumstances for one of the sides. ‘We’re committed to building a community that welcomes diversity and embraces creativity. Codam has re-evaluated the coursework and experience from young women’s perspective.’ – The College team. Moreover, it’s a revolutionary coding school. Codam combines peer learning with targeted education and support. Among other things, this means that:
- There are no teachers, lesson plans or tuition fees
- No previous education is required
- Women between 18 and 30 are eligible to participate
What’s more, Codam provides a scholarship to young women with a refugee or forced migration background. They just have to pass the ‘Selection Piscine’ (assessment). So, for students who need it most, Codam offers:
- Beds at Student Experience
- Loans (similar to student loans)
- Coverage of student travel costs
A special thank you to the College team and its founder, a true role model! Passionate about education, technology, innovation and social mobility, entrepreneur and TomTom co-founder Corinne Vigreux is the founder of Codam.
Enthusiastic? Join our growing network! More info and sign-up here: http://bit.ly/2DDJAtf.
So what we expect of you:
- You must be able to persevere
- You must be committed to learning how to learn
Codam can offer you an opportunity, but you must challenge yourself!
Autumn is just around the corner. We cannot wait to meet you! Let us introduce ourselves in our short video.
Reproduced from She Matters; our contributing partner.
About the writer:
Nadia is a translator/interpreter and editor with above 10-year experience in professional services, financial, banking, legal, and media sectors. She has been part of international and domestic organisations and projects.
Nadia has been providing translation/interpretation and language services to Global Rights Compliance (GRC) on its ICC and IHL project in Ukraine, the Stanford University on its research project looking into conflict-related perception specifics in Ukraine, Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) and its partners, as well as the Presidential Administration to support the English version of the Official website of the President of Ukraine.
Her most recent media projects include DW Conflict Zone, BBC World News HARDtalk, Talking Europe France24, EURACTIV, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for the Office of Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
Nadia is working on various business, financial, legal, humanitarian, conflict-related, as well as media and PR projects.
Earlier, she worked with Deloitte, Astra Bank (Ukraine/Greece), set up and led Translation/Interpretation and Editing Group with VTB Bank (Ukraine), and provided language services to VTB Capital (UK).
Nadia holds a Masters Degree (Hons.) in translation/interpretation, teaching, and philology from the National Aviation University (NAU) (Kyiv).
She has above 40 publications on language learning, translation/interpretation, linguistics, and international business customs and practices.
Nadia’s commitment to helping people to understand each other better and ensuring effective communication in complex and controversial environments brought her to She Matters. Here, Nadia got a chance to translate this commitment into helping refugee and migrant women and girls to overcome adversity and challenges they face.
About She Matters:
She Matters empowers refugee and migrant women to build their social and economic capital, boost their self-confidence as well as become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.