The virtuous ripple effect of education for girls is so far-reaching that former UN Secretary General and Nobel Prize winner Kofi Annan once called it “the single most effective tool for development.”

 

Our mission: support young women like never before by boosting relevant education and employment opportunities in the digital century. 

    

In 2017, SAP - Africa Code Week joined the global partnership for gender equality in the digital age led by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UNESCO, who are assuming the leadership of the #eskills4girls initiative and EQUALS Skills Coalition.

Launched by BMZ as part of Germany’s 2017 G20 presidency, the #eskills4girls initiative is tackling the gender digital divide with a sharp focus on low income and developing countries. This platform was initiated by the G20 members together with UNESCO, UN Women, ITU and OECD to collect and disseminate information and knowledge as well as policy recommendations, good practices and flagship projects on gender digital equality. 

BMZ has been supporting Africa Code Week activites for the past two years by funding training for women and girls across the continent. In 2017, 20 grants were awarded to 20 organisations, introducing 8,259 girls and women to coding skills in emerging and developing countries. This year, BMZ is supporting another 21 local initiatives across 16 African countries:

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