About project

Coding is a new literacy and it is now considered a basic skill such as writing, reading, and counting. It can also be compared to learning a new language: the language allowing to speak to computers and understand better how applications work. Women use computers as much as men, have a strong interest in new technologies tools and applications and want to develop further in that field which lay many great opportunities. However, they are shy to attend computer clubs, are only a minority in formal computer and ICT studies and training. The geek stereotype is still going strong. The very low percentage of women usually attending ICT non-formal trainings and conferences discouraged other women to join in.

Lack of confidence across the board is also a strong barrier for women empowerment. This also includes lack of confidence in mastering digital skills with prevent to use computers are an efficient tool for communication & creativity. This has deep roots in education poor supportive from immediate environment, including  school, higher education, family and later in the workplace.

Many new innovatives initiatives arose in the recent year trying to attract women to learn coding skills, at any age or time in their life, especially thanks to more informal, supportive, and social activities. Awareness-raising activities around coding skills can contribute to reduce the digital gap especially among women. Women would benefit to be better informed about opportunities offered with coding skills and given better chances in learning.

However, there is a need for organisations dealing with women empowerment and digital education to connect on European level, to exchange best practices and ideas, develop common projects so their activities and actions are better recognized and understood by stakeholders either in education, employers but also at political level.

Strategic partnership WOW - Code 2 Confidence, financed by the European Commision through Erasmus+ program, aims to demonstrate how awareness-raising activities can enable women learners to be empowered with new skills to better use their social and economic rights. How can such activities inspire women learners to develop themselves further to take active part to the new digital transformation and access the new jobs created by the digital transformation? What are the skills and competences which can build from basic coding education? What are the learning outcomes? How can these learning outcomes be improved? How can this skills be valued when looking for a job or in the workplace? How these skills can be used by women to be empowered towards social and economical rights?

The goal of this project is to investigate further the different layers of learning coding and how they can create impact for women learners and contribute to building a larger set of competences, not limited to coding as a technical skill. It also aim to demonstrate that the concept of coding lead to  a broader set of competences, including soft skills and hard skills.