For many years, women and girls have played an important role in science and technology. Without the work of tech pioneers like Hedy Lamarr and Barbara Liskov, we would not have Wi-Fi and email as we know it.

But despite this, women and girls are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and careers. Only 35% of girls enter further education in STEM subjects and many have little encouragement to equip themselves with the skills to thrive in these industries.

Vodafone wants to help change this. In recognition of the United Nations International Women and Girls in Science Day (11 February), we are announcing today that, with the support of not-for-profit social enterprise Code: First Girls, we will provide free coding training for 1,000 14-18-year-old girls across 26 countries.

The full blog post features BCSWomen’s Rubi Kaur who is a Solutions Architect at Vodafone Group and trustee of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, along with other senior leaders with STEM-focused roles at Vodafone, discussing their career paths and why they are excited about the future for technology careers.