Silicon Valley is far from the only tech hub with a gender diversity problem. Take Algeria, for example. Racha Bella, a 28-year-old pharmacist from the capital Algiers, chose to pursue coding after her baccalauréate exam qualified her for entry into the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique, a school for computing in Algeria.
While pharmacy was potentially a stable and lucrative career, Bella craved for something more. “Pharmacy is pretty awesome, but it didn’t have the self-satisfaction. I wanted to do something that would make me more confident about myself,” she said.