In celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day, tech Giant Google has revealed its plans to train 20,000 women across Africa in 2020.
In a statement sent to odunews.com, the firm said that a ‘Women Will’ training tour will be kick-started to train 5,000 women in 17 cities across Africa including Abeokuta, Abuja, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Yaba, Uyo and 5 other cities in Nigeria.
The additional 15,000 women would however be trained through community-driven initiatives via Woman Will communities across Sub-saharan Africa.
“On International Women’s Day in 2019, Google announced the launch of Women Will, Google’s initiative to create opportunities for women, in Africa under the Grow with Google umbrella,” says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi Makinde, Head, Brand & Reputation, Google SSA. “Since then, we have 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.”
According to a 2012 World Development Report, women account for 40% of the global labour force and are more likely to work in less productive sectors than their male counterparts. A similar report by UN Women also shows that women are more likely to be unemployed than men. Based on historical data, 2017 global unemployment rates stood at 5.5% for women relative to 6.2% for men and this is projected to remain unchanged till 2021.
Speaking further, Aderemi Makinde stated that “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 Makinde says.
“Google remains committed to providing a platform for women to achieve their potential and to grow,” she said.
She also added that Google has “since 2016 trained young people and SMEs living in Africa via the 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”, Makinde said.
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