An initiative launched in Kosovo to encourage girls to code, has put another succesful project to life. On Thursday, Girls Coding Kosova has launched the Ec Shlire project, to help report sexual harassment and engage authorities to act.
The project has come to life through the support of Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, USAID, Ministry of Labour and Social Walfare and R.I.T./A.U.K and among others also aims as a project to help address another problem in Kosovo and elsewhere; encouraging girls to code.
The project was quite practical as on dedicated weekend workshops at AUK, girls have been engaged in coding the app on Android and make it publish ready for Play Store. The workshops were spread as courses to learn technologies, API calls/requests and other technologies necessary to develop apps.
The app makes use of the collected data to display visualizations that can be filtered by harassment type, location, perpetrator type, and timestamp. The collected data can be used by the appropriate authorities (e.g. police) as evidence for data-driven policy-making against sexual harassment and to implement preventive measures.
Girls Coding Kosova, as with events in the past, has announced that it will continue to bring other events to the young and enthusiasts girls of Kosovo to encourage them to code, launch companies and work as developers in other exciting startups in the country.