UN Women and IamtheCODE hold hackathon in South Africa to help bridge gender digital divide
IamtheCODE and UN Women held a two-day hackathon in Johannesburg to promote gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment through digital literacy.
On 24–25 March 2023, the UN Women Regional Office for East and Southern Africa and IamtheCODE (a global movement dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design education) held a two-day hackathon in Johannesburg, South Africa. The hackathon focused on equipping 102 high school girls from Gauteng province’s townships with the digital literacy skills they need to succeed in the future. The overall goal was to promote young girls and women as innovators who would progress gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment through digital literacy. The girls had to create innovative technological solutions to advance any of the 17 sustainable development goals.