YouthMobile Workshop for Mobile App Development to Promote Gender Mainstreaming in the SDGs
On the 28th of September, in the framework of celebrations of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, and building on the active JiggenCITIC community in Senegal (former recipient of the Gender Mainstreaming in Technology award jointly delivered by UNWOMEN and the ITU) and UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative, a hackathon will occur at Sonatel Headquarters in Dakar in partnership with UNWOMEN and IAMTHECODE, mobilizing young women mobile app developers to engage with policymakers from Francophone West Africa to propose and develop mobile app solutions in order to promote gender equality across the SDG’s.
The YouthMobile Initiative builds on the experience of many worldwide initiatives that introduce young people to computer science programming (learning-to-code) and problem solving (coding-to-learn). It also seeks to build on experiences targeting young women who are vastly underrepresented in this field. Finally it builds on the consideration that for millions of young people, the smartphone in their pocket is a very powerful computer, it will be their only computer, and they use it for nearly every aspect of their lives: communicating, learning, taking pictures, and playing games.
With this initiative UNESCO and its partners strive to provide young people with the high-level skills and confidence to develop, promote, and sell locally relevant mobile apps that solve local issues of sustainable development and provide employment.