On Monday May 20th, two young women from Finland, Charlotta and Meri, gave a Rails Girls workshop at KINU here in Dar es Salaam. Rails Girls is a world wide network, or ecosystem if you will, of young women and girls encouraging each other to get excited about coding.
As one of the members of the same Finnish delegation as Meri and Charlotta, I had the pleasure of participating in the workshop as well. For me, as for some of the other participants, this was the first time we had an opportunity to learn the basics in HTML. It was exciting and I’m sure we all learned a lot, and not only about HTML, but also about each other. That is the beauty of networks like Rails Girls, uniting girls from all over the world through a common interest.
For it is true like Charlotta said, coding is the new literacy and we do need to get more women involved in it unless we want to repeat the gender structures of traditional, old societal structures.
All in all, it was a pleasure and we are now looking forward to see what this workshop has sparked in the women who participated and to see where they will take it from here.
– Erika Halonen / Super Sisters