African woman teaching Chinese how to code

Mariéme Jamme, a Senegalese-born British techpreneur launched her initiative, I Am The Code, in the Beijing on August 26 and 27. China has more than 70 million science and technology professionals, but only 39 per cent are female, according to the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. Her blog post on the WEF website underscored both the rationale and the opportunity for doing this: “We must prepare women and girls for the possibility that ‘made in China’ will become ‘made in Africa’. Launching this month in China, iamtheCODE will equip both nations’ women and girls so that they can play a role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” –Daily Nation/

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