Why don’t girls around the world have equal access to education? Why don’t women have equal pay and equal opportunity in the workplace?
The #RewritingTheCode campaign aims to change the attitudes and behaviours that prevent girls and women from succeeding and leading. In 2017 and the years to come, we want to alter the future for a generation of women by rewriting the embedded values that can define their lives.
Find out how you can support the campaign and join the conversation in support of girls and women, with details of how to take part in #RewritingTheCode on social media, in your schools or workplace:
About the #RewritingTheCode campaign
Embedded values start before a girl is even born and shape the world around her. Too often people are OK with saying: "That’s not for girls. Girls aren’t good at that. Girls belong at home. Girls can wait." All too often embedded values prevent girls from getting equal access to education.
We see it all around us from girls as young as six years old believing that brilliance is a male trait; to research forecasting it will take 170 years before the gap in pay between men and women is closed.
Imagine instead a world where we’ve changed those embedded values, this hidden code, and girls around the world have the opportunity to become all that they can be. Girls are powerful and ready to lead if given the opportunity. Let’s break down those barriers and create a world where “good code” eliminates the “bad code”.
So, school <notforgirls> would become school <foreveryone>, and girls <secondclass> would be girls <equalstatus>.
Through the #RewritingTheCode campaign - and our Code Clubs projects - we can raise awareness about the prejudice girls face globally and give them the opportunity to learn vital technology skills in safe spaces. We want a future where no girl is left out of the classroom, the boardroom or the conversation. We want girls to become future leaders.
Are you in a school or youth group?
Start a conversation with your colleagues, in your school, university or college, by downloading our #RewritingTheCode pack for schools. As well as a pack about the #RewritingTheCode campaign, we have lesson plans about why so many girls are out of school around the world.
Start a conversation in your workplace
#RewritingTheCode can challenge businesses to look at what they’re doing, what they’re saying to the outside world and how they can contribute to what that future workplace is going to look like, so values don’t continue to be embedded in the wrong direction.
As a business leaders look at the messages your business sends internally to women coming up through the ranks, and how it engages with external audiences, too: download our business pack and find out how.
Want to support a Theirworld Code Club?
All too often embedded values prevent girls from getting equal access to education. #RewritingTheCode aims to raise awareness about the prejudice girls face globally and give them the opportunity to learn vital technology skills in safe spaces.
As part of the campaign, Theirworld’s Code Clubs have been launched in several African countries. They are low-cost, sustainable and scaleable safe spaces where girls can build, learn and create through technology, creativity and coding. Support the code clubs - and Theirworld's work to give a brighter future for every child - by making a donation today:
What's happening in the #RewritingTheCode campaign?
Left home at 5.45am 😶 to attend the @theirworldorg #RewritingTheCode breakfast meeting. So, so worth it. I sat and listened to amazing women talking about ways we can empower each other and the generation rising up after us. About how we can close the gender gap in the arts, in business and in humanitarian work. Ultimately it starts with us, as individuals, standing up and leading by example. Something I ALWAYS do is apologise for myself. I say 'sorry about my hair' or 'sorry I'm this or that'. Yesterday I apologised to someone for my tee shirt choice!!! How can I stand and lead as a powerful, thoughtful woman when I am so busy telling everyone how inferior all my choices are?! So, I'm going to try and cut it out. I'm not sorry for my hair being fluffy and to the woman at the school gates who mocked my Mickey Mouse tee- I'm not sorry. Let's stand TOGETHER as women (and men) and support, lift and encourage. S'gonna make the 🌍a really cool place if we re write how we think. 💋 (well done if you read through all this)
An inspiring morning with @theirworldorg and Sarah Brown at the #IWD2017 #RewritingTheCode breakfast discussing the changes that need to be made for global gender equality 💪 I have left feeling empowered and motivated to help make these changes happen (more on my insta stories!) #internationalwomensday
The story so far
We launch two new Code Clubs in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in collaboration with BRAC.
The first cohort of girls graduate from the Code Clubs.
We launch a new Code Club in the Nigerian city Lagos in collaboration with the Oando Foundation.
March 4, 2016
Theirworld’s first Code Clubs for girls are launched in Kenya and Uganda, in partnership with Kano, Codeacademy and Africa Gathering.
March 3, 2016
We launch the #RewritingTheCode campaign at Facebook's International Women’s Day event in London.
Tech hub launches in double-shift school in Lebanon.
Naimh Deehan enters the RewritingTheCode campaign to the D&AD New Blood Award.