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Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme to empower rural women

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Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme to empower rural women

Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme to empower rural women

17 July 2019 Current Affairs: Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme aimed to empower rural women to use the Internet.
They added two more states namely Punjab and Odisha. 
The programme reached 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states. 
A pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, 'Internet Saathi' programme
The main focus is on on educating women on how to use the Internet. 
These women impart training to other women in their community and neighbouring villages.
In the four-year journey, trained 70,000 "Internet Saathis" are using the Internet to drive positive change in their communities already benefited over 2.6 crore fellow women.
There are also those who are driving awareness for issues like girl child education, menstrual hygiene and more. 
In Punjab, the programme covers around 5,000 villages. 
In Odisha, it will cover over 16,000 villages.
Raman Kalyanakrishnan, Head of Strategy at Tata Trusts
The women in rural India are provided with adequate opportunities and knowledge. 
This has been made possible through the Internet Saathi programme. 

About Google Interview
Google interviewed over 2,500 people across rural India to understand the impact that providing access has on their livelihood. 
The study showed that about 70 percent of Internet Saathis are seen as a source of information in their village people are coming to them consistently for answers to help children with schoolwork
Eight in 10 Saathis and their beneficiaries believe people in their village respect them more.
Three in 10 Saathis and two in 10 beneficiaries have set up some form of business. This, in turn, has provided economic growth, with the business often earning between Rs 3,000-Rs 5,000 every month. 

 
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