Our initiatives to support women across Asia Pacific
More than half of all women still lack access to the online world. And in rural India, only 1 in 10 internet users is a woman. To help close this gap, we partnered with Tata Trusts to launch the Internet Saathi program. We provide women in rural India with access to internet-enabled devices and offer them training on how to find the information they need. They then become Saathis, able to train their community and neighboring villages.
Globally, only 54% of working-age women take part in the in the formal economy, on average, compared with 81% of men. In Japan, 1 of 2 women stop working after childbirth, largely due to an inflexible work culture that requires long working hours. Together with 1,000 partner companies and people, we advocate, train, and implement programs for a more inclusive workplace and society to bring women back to the work force. (Available in Japanese only)
Women make up half the world’s working-age population but generate only 37% of GDP. In Indonesia women own 43% of small businesses, but are estimated to contribute only 9% of country's GDP. We support women entrepreneurs by providing skill development programs and networking events where they can share knowledge and experiences to grow their businesses and community.
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Helping women entrepreneurs to make the most of technology and the Internet from the early stage of their start-ups through the Google Business Groups.
Supporting women looking to return to the workforce after a break through an internship for professionals.
Mind the Gap
Demystifying the lives of women software engineers to encourage more high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Supporting organizations globally to inspire the next generation of computer scientists—especially those organizations that reach girls, underrepresented minorities and students facing socio-economic barriers.
A global program for women in technology that provides visibility, community, and resources.
Women Techmakers Scholars
Through the Women Techmakers Scholars program, we're working to further Dr. Anita Borg's vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science, and to encourage and support women in tech to become active role models and leaders in the field.