Women in the Economy is pleased to sponsor a Code Women Challenge! We challenge Afghan female coders to develop an application that will help stop street harassment of women and girls. Put your coding skills to the test. Entries for the Code Women Challenge are due on February 29, 05:00 PM Kabul time. Winners will be announced on March 8th, International Women’s Day. To get started, register your team with CodeWeekend here and follow the competition guidelines.


All Afghan women and girls can compete.



The challenge is to design a concept for a smart phone app that will help stop street harassment of women and girls. The app must run on android devices including smart phones.


The USAID Promote programs support improving the mobility of women and girls to allow them greater access for their participation in the economy, in leadership, in government, in civil society, and in educational opportunities. Freedom to go to and from home to work, to school, or to other activities safely and without being harassed is important in achieving women’s empowerment, so put your imagination to work!


There have been many Stop Street Harassment initiatives world-wide.
To see what others are doing to address this social issue, research Stop Street Harassment on the internet.
Talk to family and friends to identify the issues and think about how technology could help put a stop to street harassment.

Each team can have a maximum of three members. Each team must have at least one member who is 18 years of age or older and who is a coder, but we encourage the partic-ipation of younger girl coders on teams.
All team members must be at least 15 years old.

Entries for the Stop Street Harassment Challenge are due on February 29th, 2016.


  • The winning team(s) will be awarded up to a limit of AFA 300,000 funding to develop and deploy a fully functioning application with the support of mentors.
    CodeWeekend and sponsors reserve the right to award prizes to more than one team and to request that application features from more than one entry be combined to create a fully featured app.


The following USAID programs are sponsoring this Code Challenge: Promote: Women in the Economy, Assistance in Building Afghanistan Developing Enterprises (ABADE), and Promote: Musharikat.