When women and girls have the resources and opportunities to turn their potential into power, it changes the trajectory of their lives and strengthens entire communities.
Google's Women Techmakers is collaborating with the U.S. Department of State to launch the Women Tech Founders Program, which aims to offer technical training skills to 50 women tech entrepreneurs from the MENA region.
Applications for the first pilot are now open to female tech founders with businesses based in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt. We will also select a number of female tech founders from across the MENA region who are interested in becoming ambassadors to expand the program into their home countries.
If you (are) or know a female entrepreneur that has launched her tech business within the last two years, or is launching a new tech business with acquired seed funding, please visit this link to learn more about the program. The application will close on March 31st and the finalists will be announced in early April.
Celebrating spectacular achievements by women around the world
On International Women's Day, we'd like to celebrate the achievements of every woman around us. Our special Doodle explores the journey of the 'firsts' throughout history on Google Search homepages around the world. From activists to scientists, writers and artists from around the world, this year's Doodle imagery shows the hands that opened the doors for women of today.
In addition to celebrating women who have achieved historical firsts, we're also looking for ways to support the next generation of women changemakers, business owners and leaders.
Today, we're excited to launch our global Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls. We're calling on ideas from nonprofits and social organizations around the world that are working to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls and create pathways to prosperity. Google.org will provide $25 million in overall funding and Impact Challenge grantees will receive mentoring from Googlers. Ad Grants and additional support to bring their ideas to life.
If you're working on an innovative project that supports women and girls, or have a bold idea that will transform economic opportunities for women and girls, then check out g.co/womenandgirlschallenge to apply and learn more about the Challenge. Organizations have until Friday, April 9 to submit ideas, and grant recipients will be announced later this year.
Happy International Women's Day!