International Women’s Day 2020
In 2014, Google committed to close the gender gap globally through Women Will, a Grow with Google initiative first launched in India and Japan to help women be digitally literate, and support and grow their businesses and communities. Since then, we’ve scaled to 48 countries as more women grow to pave the road towards gender equality.
We’ve come a long way, but our journey is far from over. To celebrate our progress and achievements, we’re excited to expand Women Will into 7 new countries in Europe this year to empower more women across generations.
Helping women around the world build skills to grow and succeed
The program has been expanding fast, and, this year, we’re pleased to share that we’ve have reached more than 36.8 million women globally.
Through online and in-person trainings adapted for each country, we help women use technology to build professional skills, foster community and make valuable business connections.
This International Women’s Day, we will be hosting special events to inspire more women in 17 countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Each country will offer free trainings and workshops to help women develop key skills of tomorrow, so they will stay digitally-savvy, lead confidently, hustle bravely, and enjoy work-life balance.
Stories of Women Will
With the help of technology, these inspiring women have been creating positive change in their lives, businesses, and communities globally.
After ending an abusive marriage, Renata found Krav Maga which taught her to defend herself. She trained even harder to become the first women instructor in Northeastern Brazil, and taught self-defence to many more women like herself.
To expand the reach of her Krav Maga school, she taught herself digital skills with the Grow with Google program in Natal to reach women from all walks of life, helping many others become emotionally confidently.
An engineer at heart, Chiamaka’s ambition and education gave her the tools to build Truckr, the company of her dreams, and spend her time on what she does best - solving problems.
Today, Chiamaka is using Google tools to be more efficient in tackling some of the thorniest challenges in West Africa.
In a society where moving forward proves to be a challenge for women, Cristina is inspired to fight fears, prejudices, and all barriers standing in the way gender equality.
As an active Women Will participant, she has been motivated by women like her to start her own business.
Tẩn Thị Shu
After Shu’s first Women Will event, she discovered how easy it was to learn and be guided with online tools that will help Sapa O’Chau, her social enterprise, grow.
Sapa O’Chau helps minorities overcome language and cultural barriers, providing jobs that promote sustainable tourism in the area.
To impart her business expertise, she is now also one of Women Will’s trainers to help other women entrepreneurs thrive.