Search engine giant, Google says it will empower 20,000 women in Africa, to bridge gender gaps, which is key to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals, particularly in the area of gender equality.
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.
Head, Brand and Reputation, Google SSA, Mrs Mojolaoluwa Aderemi Makinde at an event to commemorate International Women’s Day in Lagos said there was need to promote full and productive employment and decent work for all and reduce inequalities.
She said Google will double its commitment towards empowering women in Africa.
This it aimed to achieve through a new “”Women Will ”training tour which will train 5,000 women in 17 cities across Africa including Abeokuta, Abuja, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Yaba, Uyo and 5 other cities in Nigeria.
Mrs Makibde said through this program, Google will empower participating women with entrepreneurship, workplace readiness, leadership and technology skills.
“Google remains committed to providing a platform for women to achieve their potential and to grow. To date, we have trained more than 5 million people, 48% of which are women”, she added.