Exciting New Partnership Announcement with University of Victoria Computer Science for Young Digital Leaders

CC-UVIC-WECS logoWe are honoured and excited to announce that we have partnered with University of Victoria Computer Science and Women in Engineering & Computer Science. Their help in building a great curriculum for our digital literacy project for women is going to touch many lives!

We are proud to have Veronika Irvine on board as the first Digital Literacy coordinator. We are excited to be working  working with Veronika and her dedicated team at the University of Victoria, Canada!

Our digital literacy program provides training and online mentoring to girls with limited access to learning and educational opportunities. This project will provides digital training and mentorship opportunities for girls in less developed regions of the world. Our work was recently featured by World Pulse in their 7 Women, 7 Ideas Changing Lives series.

The Code To Change; Bridging the digital skills gap for economic empowerment and gender equality

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Amsterdam witnessed The Code to Change’s inaugural three-day eskills bootcamp and conference in October 2015 during the European Code Week. The event introduced participants to e-skills and different fields of technology industry. This initiative was brought to the public by ChunriChoupaal’s leaders and sponsors on a volunteer basis, through the shared belief that women deserve to have their talents developed and to achieve economic independence and that employers deserve to benefit from the full range of skills humanity has to offer. The e-skills bootcamp was led by Mine Ogura, who is also the Work To Equality campaign Lead at ChunriChoupaal. The bootcamp culminated in participants presenting websites of their own creation, using the skills they had learnt. The bootcamp achieved its ambition of demystifying programing, empowering the women present and opening a dialogue between participants and the representatives of the industry. The bootcamp was punctuated by flash-talks from industry professionals, who addressed wider issues of male-dominated workforce, glass-ceilings and also some inherent benefits of being a woman in a man’s world.

The organisers featured young and emerging leaders as well as senior leaders to share stories and experiences with the selected 26 mentees throughout the bootcamp.

The Code to Change conference featured talks including “Gender and Genitals in Tech; Getting rid of biased mindsets”, “Imposter Syndrome; how to stop feeling like a fraud at work” and “An overview; women in Tech”. These were balanced by two very ‘brave men’ from the IT industry, who offered a frank and helpful male perspective on the issues being discussed in “Mansplaining IT (an alternate view of reality)”. The rapidly changing nature of the industry and the structure of our civilisation was addressed in “Big Data”. The general atmosphere of empowerment was harnessed and directed by an amazing address “A workshop on Entrepreneurship Thinking”, which sought to isolate achievable goals, to value the talents that we already have and to overcome some mental barriers to success.

The Code to Change combined technical training with industry know-how. By addressing psychological and practical barriers, and reiterating a message of hope, these wonderful men and women have created a vibrant community who is helping each other develop and grow professionally.

The full list of speakers and sessions can be viewed on our conference website. Stay tuned for our videos on speakers and participant impressions of the Code To Change event!

This program is an initiative of ChunriChoupaal, whose mission is economic empowerment of women through digital technology. The Code to Change e-skills bootcamp and conference is the main event of our campaign ‘Work To Equality’ aimed at providing training and networking opportunities to ensure diversity in the workforce, particularly in the ICT industry. Our Code to Change program is powered by our vibrant community of female IT professionals and allies at “Amsterdam Women in Technology”. The event was sponsored by Marktplaats, Microsoft, GitHub, RIPENCC and Meet Berlage.

Launching ‘The Code To Change Program 2015′

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e-Skills bootcamp and conference 2015, 15-17th October Amsterdam, The Netherlands

What is the Code To Change Program?

The Code to Change program is an extensive 5-month program aimed at women who are looking for new challenges and want to kick-start a career in ICT. It consists of three phases. The coding bootcamp phase, the mentoring phase and work experience phase. In the course of our work we are often asked the following question by women pursuing personal growth and professional change: “Where do I start?” The Code to Change program answers that question and paves the way for a smooth start in a new career!

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The Digital Revolution has changed the way we think, live and work. The world has reached a point where digital literacy is fundamental for finding a job. In the future, ninety percent of jobs will demand digital skills.

The Digital Agenda for Europe estimates that by 2020 there will be a skills deficit that equates almost a million unfilled jobs.
The Code to Change program is designed to inspire and teach women important skills to succeed in the digital world and job market. Despite high unemployment across Europe, the huge e-skills gap is a barrier to existing roles in the sector. In order to boost competitiveness, productivity and employability of the workforce, we need to bridge the e-skills gap to ensure innovation and growth by updating the skills of the existing talent pool.

The Code to Change program is designed to inspire and teach women important skills to succeed in the digital world and job market. According to the Council of European Professional Informatics Society, only 20 percent of the 2.7 million people working in the ICT sector are women. The percentage is even lower in the IT sector. Women also disproportionally leave the ICT sector as they progress in their careers. The lack of female participation in technology-related studies exacerbates a pre-existing problem with labour supply shortages. Multiple studies have shown that more gender-balanced and diverse teams perform better. Given these disparities, urgent measures need to be taken to ensure economic empowerment of women and consequently, an inclusive, diversified and welcoming work environment.

The Code To Change program aims to bridge the skills gap by making available effective education and mentoring through our dedicated community of IT professionals who are passionate about passing on their expertise.

Interested in applying for our coding bootcamp?

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 16.16.32Interested in partnering with us for workshops, lighting talks or collaboration opportunities? Please feel free to send us an email at info(at)chunrichoupaal(dot)org

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The Code to Change program will take place in Amsterdam during European Code Week 2015.


Women in ICTs event for Women-in-between-jobs!

Join us next Monday to hear inspirational talks by IT professionals and managers about careers option and possibilities in ICT sector and the digital skills required to pursue those career paths. The event will feature presentations, interactive discussions and a hands-on workshop for introduction to coding. We look forward to welcoming you. Please see the informational flyer for more details!

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Join our Gender and Digital Inclusion workshop at WSIS 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland

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It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our workshop on Digital Inclusion and Gender Diversity at the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS, taking place on the 25th of May, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The title of our workshop is: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech; Leveraging ICTs for Equality at the Workplace for Economic Empowerment.

For a detailed description of the workshop, please click on this link. If you cannot attend in person, you can join us online. We will be featuring our Young Digital Leaders project and Work To Equality campaign in the workshop. We are also featuring success stories from our supporters and partners from the Information Technology sector. Join us for an interactive diction on fostering digital technologies for the impairment of women and girls, the challenges and solutions.

We look forward to interacting with you at WSIS 2015 in Geneva this May!

For details about our workshop, click here.
For information on remote participation, click here.
Please stay tuned for more updates or send us a mail at info(at)chunrichoupaal(dot)org for additional information.

Digital Literacy Campaign for Inclusion of girls in ICT fields

GirlsInICT Event-ChunriChoupaalWe are pleased to announce the launch of our digital literacy program with our implementing partner Zephaniah Free Education in rural Pakistan! In the first phase, we are introducing 14 school girls to the use of technology for exploring educational and training resources. The aim is to enable them to learn skills which will enable them to join the work force. Due to social and cultural constraints, these girls are not allowed to leave their homes. Technology can provide them a chance to explore opportunities from the comfort of their own homes!

But there is more! The training centre in rural village of Gujranwala, Pakistan had no qualified trainer so we embarked on this ambitious journey and started our classes from the Netherlands!

Bringing Digital Empwoerment of Women to the Internet Goverance Forum 2104-Istanbul, Turkey

Iffat Gill of ChunriChoupaal at IGF 2014We had the pleasure to share our initiative ChunriChoupaal and its work on women’s digital empowerment at the UN’s Internet Governance Forum 2014 which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2-5 September. We highlighted the issues faced by girls and women to access trainings related to the use of modern information and communication technology and how my women-only center was sensitizing women and girls and exposing them to new horizons of social and economic empowerment.This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues.

You can watch the whole session here.

Our Interventions for Digital Inclusion of Women at WSIS+10 High Level Event, Geneva Switzerland

wsis+10-collageWe are happy to share that ChunriChoupaal made powerful intervention about women empowerment and digital inclusion at the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS+10 High Level Event in Geneva, Switzerland this June! We presented the perspective of grassroots level women leaders from World Pulse community of 60,000. The interventions emphasised on the need for inclusion of more women in the global information society to accelerate their social and economic situation, especially in the developing countries. This current ‘gender’ digital divide calls for more advocacy efforts to enable women’s access to technology, capacity building opportunities and hence, inclusion in global work force. The success of the interventions can be seen via the following statement which was included in the outcome document following our recommendations to the event:

“We reaffirm the importance of promoting and maintaining gender equality and women empowerment, guaranteeing the inclusion of women in the emerging global ICT society…We are committed to ensuring that the Information Society enables women’s empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society and in all decision-making processes.”A statement included in the World Summit on the Information Society-WSIS+10 High Level Event Outcome Document, Geneva 2014!   

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a pair of United Nations-sponsored conferences about information, communication and, in broad terms, the information society that took place in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis. One of its chief aims was to bridge the so-called global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the Internet in the developing world.

You can watch the video of the panel here.