Transforming stereotypes, motivating womenMar 13, 2018
“We used every opportunity we had to promote our idea, from social media to birthday parties. But many people still can’t think of women as being IT specialists.”
“It was difficult to find mentors for the girls and sponsors who would financially support a programme teaching coding to young women and girls. At one point, we almost quit.
We see many stereotypes regarding the type of careers women can have. But things are slowly changing. This time last year, we had about 100 girls who wanted to participate. Now we have 250. We are also trying to engage women and girls from different backgrounds and regions of Uzbekistan.
We love it when parents come to watch their daughters learn coding. Or when girls bring their sisters along as well. They learn together and build each other’s confidence. It’s really rewarding to watch your work have such impact.”