Google says it has awarded $25m to 34 women- and girls-focused organisations in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and other parts of the world.
According to the company, Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls was launched in March 2021 and called for gender equity-focused organisations to submit their boldest and most innovative ideas to create a more equitable economic reality for women and girls.
The company said in a statement that it partnered with a women-led panel of experts and gender equity-focused organisations, Vital Voices and Project Everyone, to evaluate proposals based on four key criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility, and scalability.
It said, “The selected organisations have outlined projects that will help women and girls, especially those in geographically, economically or socially marginalised populations, reach their full economic potential.
“In addition to funding of up to $1m each, recipients will participate in a four-month accelerator programme led by Google’s Accelerator and Women Techmakers communities, in partnership with Vital Voices to move their projects forward.”.
The statement said select organisations would also receive a Google.org Fellowship and dedicated ad grants to promote their mission.
The President of Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller, said, “Globally, women have been nearly twice as likely to lose their jobs during COVID-19 as men.
“It’s vital that we elevate and support work that empowers women and girls to reach their full economic potential, especially in marginalised communities. The pandemic recovery must be an inclusive one, and we know that when we invest in women and girls, we all benefit.”