Women projects supported as gender gap is widening

Women projects supported as gender gap is widening

Projects to economically empower women and girls have received funding and support recognising effects of the Covid pandemic that has widened the gender gap. Google’s charity Google.org has awarded support for 34 organisations.

Noting that COVID-19 was quickly widening the gender equity gap, Google.org in March launched a USD 25 million call for project proposals to economically empower women and girls.

“The response was greater than we have seen for any other Google.org Impact Challenge, with 7,800 applications coming in from more than 160 countries”, the charity’s president, Jacquelline Fuller, writes in a blog post.

“With the help of an all star panel of female experts and our Impact Challenge partners, Vital Voices and Project Everyone, we narrowed the field to 34. Their solutions help women and girls, especially those from geographically, economically or socially marginalized populations, reach their full economic potential, and in doing so, strengthen the well-being of entire communities.”

The 29 women strong panel includes a variety of personalities from US poet Amanda Gorman and Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka to Mary Robinson,  Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN.

Moving forward, recipients will participate in a four-month Google accelerator program led by our Women Techmaker community and supported by Vital Voices.

 

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