#DigitalLiteracy: Google's 'Internet Saathi' reaches 100,000 villages
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 05-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 5: Google's 'Internet Saathi' programme, a digital literacy initiative aimed at empowering women in rural India, has now reached 100,000 villages in the country. Google launched the project in collaboration with Tata Trust in 2015.

"The tech giant has announced plans to expand the project to cover 300,000 villages across India by December. Live in ten states in India, 25,000 fully trained Internet Saathis are working everyday across these villages to help women and children learn about the Internet. In total, over 10 million women have gained from the programme.

 

“From being afraid to touch a smartphone, worried that they will spoil it, to now demanding services that can help them get more from the Internet women in rural India have come a long way. Even as India has taken the lead to become the fastest growing Internet user market in the world, India’s Internet is still dominated by male users, Sapna Chadha, Director Marketing, South East Asia and India, Google said.

“The digital gender divide is even wider in rural India where digital literacy amongst women continues to be a challenge, this combined with socio-economic challenges are the major barriers that prevent women from using the Internet.”

Further, on the second-year anniversary of the programme, Google also announced the expansion of the programme in two new states Haryana and Bihar.