Google for India ‘Women Will’ event: Sundar Pichai pledges $25mn to empower women including in India
In a bid to assist the financial empowerment of women in India, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday introduced $25 million in grants to non-profits and social enterprises in India and world wide.
On the event of International Women’s Day, Pichai additionally dedicated to assist 1 million women in rural villages in India to turn into entrepreneurs by means of enterprise tutorials, instruments and mentorship, as a part of the Google Internet Saathi programme.
“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,” Pichai stated throughout the digital ‘Google for India’ occasion.
The firm additionally introduced $500,000 Google.org grant to Nasscom Foundation to assist 100,000 women agriculture staff with digital and monetary literacy.
The digital occasion additionally marked the completion of Google’s joint effort with Tata Trusts to empower women throughout rural India with digital literacy abilities by way of the Internet Saathi programme that was launched in 2015.
“In bringing today’s technology, and perhaps tomorrow’s technology, to bear for the benefit of rural women is a great move forward. Over time, these efforts will ensure that the true value of the internet can come into the fore,”stated Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts.
Over six years, the Internet Saathi programme has benefitted over 30 million women throughout India by means of coaching supplied by over 80,000 “Internet Saathis”.
In a particular handle, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani stated that women can act as nice enablers of India’s progress story, creating tectonic shifts in society.
“Over the last few years, under Jan Dhan Yojana, we have supported 220 million women to become financially independent. Under the Mudra Yojana, we have dedicated 27 crore worth of funds, accessed by 70 per cent women,” she stated throughout the occasion.
“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,” she added.
Google stated it has launched the ‘Women Will’ net platform that might be complemented by neighborhood assist, mentorship and accelerator programmes for rural women entrepreneurs.
Available in English and Hindi, the platform is designed particularly for women aspiring to discover entrepreneurship.
To start with, Google will work with 2,000 Internet Saathis to assist different women achieve from this useful resource and begin on their entrepreneurial journey.
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