On International Women’s Day, Google announces $25 million fund to empower women

On International Women’s Day, Google announces $25 million fund to empower women

On the occasion of International Women’s Day Google took an initiative to support the economic empowerment of women in India by granting $25 million to non-profits and social enterprises in India and around the world. Google will also help 1 million women in rural villages in India to become entrepreneurs.

On Monday, Google for India event named ‘Women will’ was conducted online.  The virtual event which was conducted on the occasion of International Women’s Day, commenced with a keynote speech by Google India country head, Sanjay Gupta.  Further in the event, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced $25 million in grants to non-profits and social enterprises working towards providing equal opportunities for women in India.

Pichai also committed to help 1 million women in Indian rural villages to become entrepreneurs through business tutorials, tools and mentorship.  

During the event, Pichai said, “Women are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic and an estimated 20 million girls are at risk of not returning to school. We have the opportunity to build a future that is more equal and more inclusive – and we must take it.”

Inorder to support 100,000 women agriculture workers with digital and financial literacy, Google announced $500,000 Google.org grant to Nasscom Foundation.

The Google for India event marked the completion of the joint efforts made by google and Tata Trusts to empower women across rural India with digital literacy skills. These efforts were made under the Internet Saathi programme.

The programme which was launched in the year 2015, has so far benefitted over 30 million women across India by providing training with the help of  over 80,000 “Internet Saathis”.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said in a special address, “I am happy to learn about Google’s efforts and commitment to enable women entrepreneurs in India as these will create pathways for the socio-economic advancement of women.”

Google has also launched the ‘Women Will’ web platform in English and Hindi. This platform is specially designed for women aspiring to explore entrepreneurship.

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