Back to School and GoFundMe Campaign



It is back to school time for most kids across the US, but let’s be honest… how many kids really take going back to school for granted to the point of complaining that summer is over? Most. For many kids, school is a “have to” and extracurricular learning activities like sports, music and coding programs are more of a “need to for a good future resume.” It’s mainstream and pretty much expected in the US for kids to complete primary and secondary education, continue onto college for a higher education and also supplement with extracurricular activities.

Let’s take a look at Afghanistan, though. During the destructive rule of the Taliban, girls were forbidden from entering the classroom. In 2001, at the time of the fall of the Taliban, there were no females students in school in Afghanistan. Over the past 15 years, progress has been made with now over 3.6 million girls in school in Afghanistan.

If we take a look at higher education and the work force in Afghanistan, greater than 50{1e5b5b8455e4fd0a501a0ba32c7b6cedbd9d99491662a4a0878218331661888d} of female business owners in Afghanistan list computer, accounting or project management as skills they would like to improve. In light of years of girls being prohibited from formal and higher education, progress has been made.

Code to Inspire formed in 2015 to step in and provide a safe place for high school aged girls in Herat to receive additional education and begin to not just learn but dream and be courageous leaders in their communities for entrepreneurship and change.

What a wake up call to most students in the US who again say, “why is summer ending?” Our students CTI are excited for each chance to attend school and even go above and beyond with coding school. This #womencrushwednesday we give a shoutout to our female students and mentors who are taking steps to be trailblazers and get educated to further enable others. Rather than complain about school, these girls want to learn more!

Word to the wise this Wednesday – never take education for granted. It’s a unique opportunity some have dreamed of for a long while.

Code to Inspire just launched its first GoFundMe Campaign. You can check it out here and take the time this back to school season to support girls who are desperate to learn in Afghanistan.

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Sheryl Sandberg

In honor of the one and only Sheryl Sandberg’s birthday this past weekend, she has been designated as our #WCW for three reasons:

Like us, she strives to inspire women around the world “lean in” to their potential and gain the type of social and financial independence that the workplace provides.

Also like Code to Inspire, she was the subject of a Ted Talk. “Why we have too few women leaders” quickly went viral and made Sandberg a household name. In it, she reminds us not to undersell or undervalue ourselves. She taught us that we don’t have to internalize the systemic sexism that has kept women out of the C-suite for much too long.

She understands technology and its transformative powers. Not only is tech an industry that enables otherwise disenfranchised people to make money, at its best, technology connects people and makes them closer. Throughout her tenure at Google and at Facebook, she worked to make the world a more connected place.

Happy birthday to one of our favorites in the industry!

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Code to Inspire Joins The Hopper Club

This week, Code to Inspire is so excited to join The Hopper Club. The monthly women’s discussion and empowerment group, hosted by Rubicon Project, has invited Fereshteh to discuss Diversity & Entrepreneurship and her journey.

If you aren’t familiar with Rubicon Project, they’re a leading advertising technology company that engineered one of the largest real-time cloud and Big Data computing systems, processing trillions of transactions within milliseconds each month. They’re often considered the NASDAQ for the advertising industry.

As a leader in technology, Rubicon Project introduced the Hopper Club in New York and Los Angeles to provide training sessions, fireside chats, informal brainstorming sessions, and general conversations about women in the workplace, specifically within the digital ad technology industry.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with a likeminded organization committed to closing the gender technology gap!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Kamia Yousufi

This Olympics, Afghanistan’s very own Kamia Yousufi competed in women’s 100m track & field. We loved seeing her represent our country on the world stage in Rio, and watch her thrive in track & field in a hijab.

She also was able to win the Afghanistan National Championship although it’s exceedingly rare for Afghan women to have the resources and support to compete at that level. We wanted to take #WCW to honor women the country over who are breaking through stereotypes and showing the world what Afghan women are made of!

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Watch Code to Inspire’s Elizabeth McCauley at GitHub

Our very own board member, Elizabeth McCauley, presented our work to GitHub as closing keynote speaker during their Satellite Conference, which was a celebration of the latest and greatest in development. In addition to Code to Inspire, they hosted a number of powerful engineers, founders, and activists who tackle the most difficult challenges in software. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to share our cause with their team, and so enjoyed learning more about other software communities the world over. Thank you again to GitHub for serving as an early corporate donor and helping us get our first class of students started!

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