Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic wing of Reliance Industries Ltd which is founded and headed by Nita Ambani, announced their partnership with US Agency for International Development and W-GDP to bridge the gender digital divide in India.
The announcement was made at the Women’s Global Development &Prosperity(W-GDP) event hosted by Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen Biegun, through a virtual video message, Nita Ambani, said, “I am delighted and proud to announce that Reliance Foundation is joining forces with W-GDP, through our partnership with USAID. Together, we shall launch the W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge across India, in the fall of 2020. At the heart of this partnership, is our shared goal to help bridge both the gender divide and the digital divide in India.”
As part of the programme, W-GDP will partner Reliance Foundation will create an India-specific expression of the WCC and incorporate the lessons of previous W-GDP WCC Rounds. Women’s Connect Challenge (WCC) supports private sector-led approaches that close the gender digital divide, expands business opportunities, and empowers women.
This year Reliance Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and over the last decade, it has impacted the lives of 36 million Indians in several ways. Women empowerment has been one big issue supported by the organisation. Projects like financial literacy to the poor women of the village etc. have garnered global attention.
The special guest for the programme was Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States, and Deputy USAID Administrator Bonnie Glick. In the event, Ivanka said that “The W-GDP Fund was created to source and scale the most innovative programs to advance women’s economic empowerment.
We are leveraging the resources and expertise of the U.S. government and the private sector so that activities have enduring, deep effects on the communities they reach.”
In 2016, Mukesh Ambani brought a revolution by launching Jio. This ecosystem has helmed in digital life for 1.3 billion Indians and provided first-hand, Pan-India 4G digital services that have transformed lives in ways an incredible way.
Now, Jio is the largest digital services company in India and the second-largest in the world. In addition to that, as many as 120 million Jio users are women, and the number is multiplying.
Written By – Shilpa Dey
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