In light of #GirlsinICT celebrations during the month of April, IBM Z is featuring voices of women leaders from around the world focusing on women digital skill building and empowerment.
Even though there is an enormous effort to enable and empower women, and to challenge gender inequality in order to establish a brighter future for women around the globe, some of the vital sectors in today’s job market- the tech sector- is still mainly dominated by men. In Cambodia, STEM fields are still male-dominated, computer science classes often only contain single digit percentages of women. Various factors hold girls back from actively contributing like their male peers in the field of IT. In Cambodia, there are often societal pressures that generate a lack of self-confidence in girls to engage in tech due to the absence of female figures and mentors to guide young girls to participate in tech and connect with one another.
Mrs. Natalja Rodionova moved to Cambodia six years ago and serves as an inspiration to thousands. She founded Sisters of Code – the first ever female coding club in the country – to mentor young girls about programming languages and advocate for young women and girls to learn coding skills.