Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation joined hands with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, to end the digital gender divide in India. The partnership was announced at a Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) event hosted by Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen Biegun and with special guest, Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States, and Deputy USAID Administrator Bonnie Glick.

What is Women’s Global Development Prosperity?

The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative was launched in 2019 by President Donald Trump to advance global women’s economic empowerment. It is led by Ivanka Trump. W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 by focusing on three pillars women prospering in the workforce, women succeeding as entrepreneurs, and women enabled in the economy. Together, Jio and Reliance Foundation will make a tremendous contribution to the W-GDP Initiative in India to help bridge the gender digital divide.

Our common goal is to eliminate both gender discrimination and the digital divide in India

Nita M Ambani, through a virtual video message at the event, 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 Women Connect 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.”

Benefits India will get through this step

W-GDP, along with Reliance Foundation, will launch the Woman Connect Challenge across India. This challenge will eliminate gender discrimination in India as well as connect and promote Indian women in business. The President’s advisor Ivanka Trump said that the W-GDP fund was created to promote the economic empowerment of women through innovative programs. We are leveraging the resources and expertise of the US government and the private sector to have a lasting and profound impact. Through this step, the Reliance Foundation can make a significant contribution to ending the gender digital divide in India.