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JRS Romania has launched a gender-responsive website development programme for refugee single mother

Ugbaad and her 4 years old daughter, Essra, are refugees from Mogadishu, Somalia currently living in Bucharest, Romania.


As of December 2020, Ugbaad has started a mentorship coding programme offered by JRS Romania in collaboration with Salah, a Syrian software developer from the Netherlands. Together with 3 other Arabic-speaking single mothers from Bucharest, Ugbaad is attending every Sunday morning an online class during which she is learning the basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript.


“At the end of the programme, each student is encouraged to create a website with their story in it; I think having students document their story can be a rewarding experience as it ties what they learned during the class to their journey.” (Salah Eddin, Software Developer)


“The best thing about our class with Salah is the sense that I can do it too – I can design a website and it can appear online! Our class name is Creative Group and our inspiration is Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer. All of us are single mothers growing our kids in a foreign country and all of us had experienced great difficulties both due to the violence and war back home; and to the settlement in a new country with completely different people and language and ways of living. I am very excited about learning how to code, especially because I can do it from home, while I take care of my daughter.” (Mohamed Youssouf Ugbaad, Customer Support Officer)




JRS Romania is fully committed to protecting the rights of migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking women and ensuring equal opportunities for men and women. Due consideration is given to the particular challenges refugee women face in accessing employment in their host country, from sexism and domestic violence to child marriage and traditional norms that forbid women from working. In addition to cultural barriers migrant women face in entering the local job market, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought even more burdens to women, in particular, stemming from closing schools and kindergartens and losing jobs due to the shutdown of many local restaurants and hotels; to private housing evictions due to the impossibility of paying rent and utilities.


In response to these circumstances, JRS Romania has launched a gender-responsive website development programme for refugee single mothers which aims to increase refugee women's remote employability during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mentorship programme has started in December 2020 and the online lessons mainly focus on HTML/CSS basics; technical knowledge and critical thinking development; websites styling with fonts, colors and shapes; introduction to Javascript. At the end of the programme, all participants will be awarded graduation certificates and their final projects will be shared online.


At the end of the programme, all participants will be awarded graduation certificates and their final projects will be shared online.

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