About the CoderDojo Girls Initiative

In March 2017 we launched the CoderDojo Girls Initiative, which aims to increase the number of girls attending a CoderDojo from 29% to at least 40% over the next three years. See what we’ve done so far and read our exciting new guide for Dojos!

The Initiative focuses on four key areas: developing and improving learning resources (including beginner App Inventor, wearables and taster Mini-Sushi cards), conducting and learning from research (such as our youth survey), highlighting female role models (including Mentor Gemma Cagney and Ninja, Siofra Kelleher) and developing a Guide of best practices.


Get your ‘Empowering the Future’ Guide

Anyone can download and print our ‘Empowering the Future’ guide for free! This is our most comprehensive guide yet of practical approaches Dojos have tested to engage and sustain girls.


Some of the areas that are covered in the guide include:

    • approaches to improve the Dojo environment and layout
    • assessing the language and images used to describe your Dojo
    • content considerations and suggested resources
    • importance of and ways to increase access to female role models in your Dojo.


Empowering the future video series

We have also released the first in a series of videos which cover key areas discussed in the guide which you can watch below:

Spread the word!

Now that you’ve got your Empowering the Future guide why not highlight how your Dojo is supporting girls by sharing your own message or use the example below on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram:

We’re pledging to increase the proportion of girls in our Dojo as part of the #CoderDojoGirls Initiative https://coderdojo.com/girlsinitiative/ #parity


We would like to say a massive thank you to all Community members who contributed by sharing their insights with us to make this “Empowering the Future” Guide as comprehensive and beneficial as possible for other Dojos. The CoderDojo Foundation would also like to thank Microsoft, our​ ​funding​ ​partner​ ​on​ ​this​ ​project, for their commitment to bring to life STEM skills for European youth. Our sustained partnership aims to enable more youth to become creators of technology with a focus on empowering more young girls to code, see more here and here.


Find out more about the other resources created as part of the CoderDojo Girls Initiative here. You can also share insights or ask questions in relation to the Initiative or guide on our Community Forums.