An interview with Fereshteh Forough, Founder & CEO of Code to Inspire — a nonprofit committed to teaching female students in Afghanistan how to code. Fereshteh talks about her journey from Afghan refugee, to international advocate for women’s education and equality. You can learn more about Code to Inspire & support their mission here: codetoinspire.org/
About Fereshteh Forough:
Born in Iran to Afghani parents, Forough grew up a refugee. It was not until a year after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 that her family moved back to Herat, Afghanistan.
Forough finished high school in Iran, majoring in literature. She initially had no interest in computer science, but was assigned the field after taking a college entrance exam. Her father encouraged her to give it a try, and she took his advice. She then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Herat University and later a master’s from Technical University of Berlin in Germany.
After obtaining her master’s degree and returning to Herat, Forough became a professor of computer science at Herat University, her alma mater, where she worked for almost three years. Before founding Code to Inspire in January of 2015, Forough was also a co-founder and board member of Women’s Annex Foundation. Now known as Digital Citizen Fund, this organization is a non-profit that teaches girls and women digital literacy and works to provide access to technology and the internet to girls in developing countries