Google.org has announced a $25 million initiative in support of nonprofits and social enterprises dedicated to creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls.
The Impact Challenge for Women and Girls will support nonprofits and civil society organizations around the world working to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls by providing funding as well as mentoring, Ad Grants, and additional support. Program partners Vital Voices and Project Everyone and a panel of women leaders from more than fifteen countries with expertise in areas such as global public policy, advocacy, research, business, and technology will help select recipients with ideas that have the greatest potential for impact.
According to Google.org, women around the world are almost two times more likely to have lost their job as a result of COVID-19, and in the United States, women accounted for 55 percent of all 2020 net job losses.
"We have a collective responsibility to make sure that generations of women and girls from all walks of life can live in a world where they are treated equally and reach their full potential," wrote Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller, in a blog post. "Over the last five years, Google.org has given more than $55 million to nonprofit organizations that support gender equity and access to opportunity for women and girls around the world. We've also worked with grantees, such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Laboratoria, and GiveDirectly, that are dedicated to the same cause. This new Impact Challenge will build on that work."