Meet the 2020 EQUALS Digital Skills Fund grantees

Source: News World Wide Web Foundation

The Web Foundation has officially introduced the 2020 grantees of the EQUALS Digital Skills Fund — a fund to support grassroots women’s digital skills initiatives around the world.

The EQUALS Digital Skills Fund was launched in partnership of the World Wide Web Foundation, the EQUALS Global Partnership, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The fund provides financial resources to local initiatives providing gender-sensitive skills training across countries in the Global South. Grants are ranging from €5,000 – €15,000 and will be awarded to existing initiatives, housed within a registered organization or entity, to scale up their digital skills programs and trainings and to work to ensure a lasting impact beyond the lifecycle of the grant and the initiative.

The fund is committed to tackling online gender inequality and to foster digital skills for women and girls. These efforts to build digital skills will be key to closing the gender gap to make sure women and girls across the globe can benefit from all the web has to offer.  Right now, men are 21% more likely to be online than women — rising to 52% in the world’s least developed countries. Nearly two billion women around the world don’t have access to the web at all, depriving them of opportunities to use the web to learn, earn and have their voices heard.

Now in its second year, the Digital Skills Fund supports projects that provide gender-sensitive skills training to women and girls across communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Find out more about the grantees on the World Wide Web Foundation’s website:

https://webfoundation.org/2020/03/meet-the-2020-equals-digital-skills-fund-grantees/

In 2019, the EQUALS Digital Skills Fund scaled existing initiatives who were able to provide digital skills training for 3.000 women and girls. The fund supports initiatives, which foster the use of technology for social change, entrepreneurship and highlight female role models within communities to train the next generation of women and girls in technology. The 2020 grantees are promising initiatives to continue this work of advancing digital gender equality.