April 13, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

Mariéme Jamme Launches #iamtheCODE Initiative To Boost #WomenItTech Numbers

Mariéme Jamme Launches #iamtheCODE Initiative To Boost #WomenItTech Numbers One of Africa’s most influential female techie and entrepreneur Mariéme Jamme from Senegal has launched an ambitious program #iamtheCODE. This program is an African-led global movement aimed at mobilizing governments, businesses and investors to support young women through Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Arts, and Design (STEAMD).

My heart bleeds every time I read about the 65 million children worldwide who do not have access to education. It is not difficult to predict what the future holds for millions of young girls in Africa who never had the opportunity to go to school; just like me,” says Jamme.

According to UNESCO no less than 29 million illiterate girls live in Africa. 17 million are missing school and many will never set foot in a classroom. They often face early marriage, risk being trafficked, sold, kidnapped, or being sexually assaulted.

Like those girls, I did not have the chance to attend school. But at 16, I had to teach myself how to read and write, and how to code, with Basic English skills. All over the world, we must do something urgently to empower girls that are facing similar circumstances, and #iamtheCODE will help change the fate of many girls and be authoritative movement in Africa that hold government accountable and support meaningful girls programs to deliver result and create real impact at grassroots level.”

#iamtheCODE will help tackle inequality through building their capacity, and enabling them to improve their employability opportunities and become self-reliant.

Africa’s success is the cumulative success of these individuals. That’s why if we fail them we fail ourselves I view the #iamtheCODE movement as a direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcome for girls and a code that will help join the dots between businesses, governments and investors.”Mariéme Jamme Launches #iamtheCODE Initiative To Boost #WomenItTech Numbers

#iamtheCODE is NOT a girls’ campaign, a short-term awareness program or initiative.

#iamtheCODE, through its partners, will provide a comprehensive program that integrates within the ecosystem of organization working to empower young girls in Africa. The movement aims to reach more than 150,000 girls by 2030, training hundreds of girls per year.

It will mobilize undergraduate students, and bring marginalized girls, young women graduates into existing code clubs where they can learn how to code and improve with the best coding courses. It will also offer them Digital leadership training and real time mentoring.

#iamtheCODE has the methodology and resources to create impact on vulnerable communities. The deliverables will be measured through numbers of young women empowered through STEAMD, stakeholders engaged and job opportunities created.

To achieve that, #iamtheCODE has solicited the support of a number of renowned advisors and supporters, including:

Zach Sims, founder of CodeAcacemy

Belinda Parmar, founder of The Empathy Business

Ravi Karkara, UN Women’s Senior Advisor

Julie Teigland, EY Deputy Managing Partner

Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Transtek Systems

Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group

Yonatan Raz-Fridman, co-founder of Kano

Macky Sall, President of Senegal

Mary Thew Niane, Minister of Higher Education of Senegal

Cina Lawson, ICT Minister of Togo

Amadou Mahtar Ba, UN Secretary General’s High level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Tony O. Elumelu, founder of Heirs Holdings & The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Vikas Pota of Global Partnerships, Mara Foundation

Jean-Philippe, Courtois President Microsoft of International

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Mariéme Jamme Launches #iamtheCODE Initiative To Boost #WomenItTech Numbers One of Africa’s most influential female techie and entrepreneur Mariéme Jamme from Senegal has launched an ambitious program #iamtheCODE. This program is an African-led global movement aimed at mobilizing governments, businesses and investors to support young women through Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Arts, and Design (STEAMD).

My heart bleeds every time I read about the 65 million children worldwide who do not have access to education. It is not difficult to predict what the future holds for millions of young girls in Africa who never had the opportunity to go to school; just like me,” says Jamme.

According to UNESCO no less than 29 million illiterate girls live in Africa. 17 million are missing school and many will never set foot in a classroom. They often face early marriage, risk being trafficked, sold, kidnapped, or being sexually assaulted.

Like those girls, I did not have the chance to attend school. But at 16, I had to teach myself how to read and write, and how to code, with Basic English skills. All over the world, …read more

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