During the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced an exciting new partnership between global media network World Pulse and Intel Corporation to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries. The program is called “She Will Connect” and its intentions are to reduce the major gender and technology gaps women face around the world.
World Pulse is the leading global network that uses the power of digital media to connect women worldwide, and while collaborating with Intel’s team, they plan to integrate World Pulse’s digital empowerment training into the company’s existing digital literacy programs and provide a supportive peer network through their online platform. This is where women can exchange ideas, find support and mentorship and obtain relevant content tailored to women.
“In our research we found that women often place great value on the benefit of strong relationships created online with other women,” said Renee Wittemyer, Intel’s director of Social Impact. “World Pulse’s network of women around the globe will address some of the barriers to getting women online by making the Internet engaging, convenient and a source of community support. We look forward to an excellent partnership.”
“She Will Connect” will begin in sub-Saharan Africa, reaching five million young women, over the next three years, hopefully reducing the digital divide for women in Africa by 50 percent. “She Will Connect” will be providing millions of young women the ability to participate in the global dialog and economy to find their voices and transform their lives.
World Pulse’s Founder & CEO, Jensine Larsen says, “We are proud to partner with Intel on this transformative project. While the Internet has changed billions of lives around the globe, millions of women and girls are still being left behind.”
Through World Pulse’s platform, women will have access to:
• A safe, secure and supportive online peer network of women from 190 countries where they can share ideas and stay connected;
• Relevant content through regional and topic hub-pages;
• Ongoing opportunities for scholarships, training, mentorship and more through the Resource Exchange;
• Training in digital empowerment and citizen journalism; and
• Opportunities to have their voices channeled to key media and decision-making forums like CNN and the UN.
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