In reference to the recent International Women’s Day, Google has revealed that it is doubling its commitment to training 20,000 women in Africa this year on entrepreneurship, digital literacy, workplace readiness, and leadership.
Globally, every March 8 is dedicated to honoring women’s achievements in different spheres of life. This year, its theme was a timely call to action for the improvement of women’s situations globally. Aligning with that, Google hosted a Women Will event, in partnership with Grow with Google, on March 9 to celebrate the IWD. The event showcases women who have become a part of Google’s Women Will communities, and other Google-led women’s initiatives while highlighting their successes and achievements.
It was at the event Google announced its plans to double its commitment to training 20,000 women in 17 cities in Africa this year. For Nigerian women, out of the 20,000 potential trainees, 5,000 women will be trained in Abeokuta, Abuja, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Yaba, Uyo and five other cities in Nigeria. Through this program, Google will empower participating women with entrepreneurship, workplace readiness, leadership, and technology skills starting with an empowerment drive in March and April.
A further 15,000 women on the continent will be trained through community-driven training initiatives via Women Will communities across Sub-saharan Africa.
Women Will is Google’s initiative that aims to empower women with training, skills, and communities to access opportunities, thus helping to close the gender equality gap and leading to positive social and economic impact. Women Will focuses on four key areas to address the gaps; leadership, entrepreneurship, workplace readiness, and digital literacy.
Following up on their launch in Sub-saharan Africa on International Women’s Day 2019, 26 Women Will communities across Sub-saharan Africa have trained more than 10,000 women via peer to peer learning engagements, community-led events and networking to access opportunities.
According to Google, its mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.
Still on its past and current programmed targeted at women, as part of Google’s commitment to train 10million African’s on digital skills, they have trained 5 million people in 29 countries across Sub-saharan Africa and 48 per cent of them are women.