Google.org has announced the 34 funding recipients of the Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls. The $25-million global philanthropy challenge was launched in March 2021 and called for gender equity-focused organisations to submit their ideas to create a more equitable economic reality for women and girls.
In addition to funding up to $1-million each, recipients will participate in a four-month accelerator programme led by Google’s Accelerator and Women Techmakers communities, in partnership with Vital Voices to move their projects forward.
Select organisations will also receive a Google.org Fellowship and dedicated Ad Grants to promote their mission.
“Globally, women have been near twice as likely to lose their jobs during Covid-19 as men. It’s vital that we elevate and support work that empowers women and girls to reach their full economic potential, especially in marginalised communities,” says Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org.
“The pandemic recovery must be an inclusive one and we know that when we invest in women and girls, we all benefit,” adds Fuller.
The selected organisations have outlined projects that will help women and girls, especially those in geographically, economically or socially marginalised populations, reach their full economic potential.
Google.org received 7 800 applications; the most ever received for a Google.org Impact Challenge. An analysis of the application data, commissioned by Google.org and conducted by King’s College London’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, identified four main focus areas for organisations around the world proposing pathways to economic empowerment for women and girls.
These focus areas, with recipient examples, include:
- Education: SwaTaleem Foundation (India) will use the funding to build an app, which doesn’t require an Internet connection, that provides skills in math, science and financial awareness for young women and girls.
- Entrepreneurship and Businesses: Asociación Colnodo (Colombia) will connect rural women entrepreneurs to the Internet and each other through cohort programming and mentorship.
- Financial Independence and Support: Girls Inc of New York City (United States) will build a financial budgeting app for girls of colour from low-income households.
- Skills Development and Career Advancement: Project Akilah (Rwanda) will build a pipeline of formal economic career opportunities for rural women.
“The world is watching how quickly crises can roll back progress made toward gender equality. Women’s voices, participation and leadership across every sector of society is more critical than ever,” says Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership.
“At Vital Voices, we are thrilled to partner with Google.org as they invest in projects with strong roots in community, bold ideas that bridge divides and a strong commitment to paying it forward,” adds Nelson.
“At Project Everyone, we know that achieving gender equality is at the heart of achieving all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so we were excited to partner with Google.org and Vital Voices on this powerful initiative,” says Kate Garvey, co-founder at Project Everyone.
“The Impact Challenge is an example of how cross-sector collaborations can accelerate progress towards the goals and demonstrates how we can all play our part in solving the world’s greatest problems,” concludes Garvey.
In addition to the Impact Challenge, Google.org says that it will continue support through $15-million in donated Google Search Ads for organisations focused on gender equity, including $10-million to United Nations women.
The donated ads will connect the public via Google Search with in-depth, authoritative information on gender equity and connect underserved women with the resources they need. Each funded organisation will also receive full-time digital marketing support from a Google Ads expert for three months.