Girls Can Code

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

In Afghanistan, women are unfairly represented in the labour market, making up only 19% of the workforce as of 2016. Why does this matter? Because gender inequality in the workplace could slow down economic growth. In fact, it could cost the world an estimated US$12 trillion in global growth over the next decade. How can we turn these statistics upside down? Girls and women who possess the right skills, knowledge and experience can successfully join the labour force. So why not empower and train Afghan girls in STEM related fields? Jobs related to these disciplines are growing 1.7 times faster and pay 33% more than other jobs. The technology sector has been identified by USAID as one of the most thriving in Afghanistan, and today there are close to 1,200 jobs available to women in the technology sector within the country. With this in mind The Womanity Foundation launched Girls Can Code in 2016, and a related internship programme in 2017, with the aim of supplying girls with the knowledge and skills they will need to meet the demand of the technology sector, and progress in their academic and professional career paths. Girls Can Code in Afghanistan aims to prepare girls who are in grade 12 of high school with the skills, competencies and experience required to enter Afghanistan's labour market (the technology sector/STEM in particular), or enroll in university (particularly in science faculties), in order to advance their academic careers!

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2016 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Post-secondary


  • Transition from school to work


  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

  • Digital literacy
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Educational Technology

  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)

Life skills education

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • STEM - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased numeracy

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact