Google on Monday said it has redoubled its commitment to women across Africa, as it announces plans to train 20,000 women in the year 2020.
This was revealed by the Head, Brand & Reputation, Google, Mrs Mojolaoluwa Aderemi Makinde, at the ‘Women Will’ event held in Lagos, which was organised to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2020.
She said “5,000 women will be trained in 17 cities across Africa including Abeokuta, Abuja, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Yaba, Uyo and 5 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” she revealed.
The Women Will is Google’s initiative which was established to create opportunities for women, in Africa under the Grow with Google umbrella.
Aderemi stated that since its establishment, that they have been able to reached more than 10,000 women across eight countries and 26 communities. With 26 chapters across Africa, Women Will has helped create access to networks, skills and opportunities for women across the continent.
“Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps are key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable development goals, particularly to achieve gender equality, to promote full and productive employment and decent work for all and reducing inequalities,” Aderemi said.
She said “Google remains committed to providing a platform for women to achieve their potential and to grow,” she adds, commenting that: “Since 2016, we have trained young people and SMEs living in Africa via our Digital Skills for Africa program to help them find jobs and grow their businesses. Our digital skills training has been offered in 29 countries across Africa, with over 60% of trainees having confirmed recording business growth, starting new businesses, finding jobs or growing in their current jobs. To date, we have trained more than 5 million people, 48% of which are women.”