Tech giant, Google, has announced its readiness to empower over 20,000 women entrepreneurs through it's "Women Will training tour", this year.
In a statement disclosed on the website, the company said that the new "Women Will training tour" projects to train 5,000 women in 20 cities across Africa on entrepreneurship, workplace readiness, leadership, and technology skills.
Similarly, another 15,000 women will be trained through community-driven training initiatives led by Women Will chapters across the continent.
“Google remains committed to providing a platform for women to achieve their potential and to grow. 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 whom are women,” the statement read.
Commenting, the head of marketing at Google South Africa, Asha Patel, said; “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 Asha Patel, head of marketing at Google South Africa.
“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 labor force and are more likely to work in less productive sectors than their male counterparts.
According to the previous discovery by the United Nations Women, the employability rate for women is higher for men.
In the 2017 global unemployment ranking, the employment rates stood at 5.5% for women relative to 6.2% for men and this is projected to remain unchanged till 2021.