Google announced Monday, on International Women’s Day, that it has pledged to support one million rural women entrepreneurs across India as part of its “Women Will” program. Google pledged to support women entrepreneurs in India At a virtual event on March 8, Google announced that its Women Will platform will offer mentoring, community support and accelerator programs for rural women entrepreneurs in India, ET Tech reported.
“The success of the Saathi Internet program has shown how digital access and digital literacy can help women reach their full potential and improve their livelihoods,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, ET reported. Tech. “When women have equal access to opportunities, we all benefit from their perspectives, creativity and expertise, and this is true around the world.”
Union Minister for Women’s and Children’s Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, also spoke at the event and expressed support for initiatives aimed at supporting women’s development. Google also announced that its philanthropic arm Google.org will award a $ 500,000 grant to the Nasscom Foundation, which it will use to support 100,000 women working in agriculture by providing digital and financial literacy training in six states: Bihar , Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The foundation will also offer advice to women on topics such as relationships. “Women are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic and around 20 million girls are at risk of not going back to school,” Pichai said. “We have the opportunity to build a more equal and inclusive future – and we must seize it.”