Dr. Aya Mouallem #ShapeTheWorld @INWED1919 #INWED21

Today we celebrate Beirut-based Dr. Aya Mouallem, who is empowering girls in her Lebanese community through coding.

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“I was having lunch with my friend, Maya Moussa, who is the co-founder of All Girls Code, and we were discussing how grateful I was to be one of two girls studying software engineering in a class of over 20 students. She was having a similar experience in IT class at university. A guy was actually shaming her for pursuing computer engineering. He told her, ‘Honey, you won’t make it. Men are better at math.’ And that was it. We founded All Girls Code in Lebanon, around four years ago, and ran our first program that summer.”

One in three start-ups in the Arab World is founded or led by a woman. That’s a higher percentage than in Silicon Valley. According to UNESCO, 50% of STEM grads in Arab countries are women, which is much higher than in universities in the US or Europe. But that’s not the problem, Aya tells me. The problem isn’t encouraging women in go into STEM, it’s encouraging women to stay in STEM.

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