USAID & Reliance Foundation

WomenConnect Challenge India

“When women rise, families flourish, communities grow, and countries prosper. A truly developed world has to be an equal world.” - Mrs. Nita M. Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation

The WomenConnect Challenge is a global call for solutions to improve women’s participation in everyday life by meaningfully changing the ways women access and use technology.  

Meet the 2021 WomenConnect Challenge India Winners!

Meet the 2021 winners of the WomenConnect Challenge India and their impact across the country. (Transcript available here.)

Proven Strategies

Learn more about the strategies behind the success of the WomenConnect Challenge. 

2021 Winners Announced!

Ten organizations across India have been selected as grantees through the WomenConnect Challenge India, launched by Reliance Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

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BBC Media Action: Increasing women's digital literacy in India

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GSMA: The Gender Mobile Gap Report 2021. 

“For women to become equal citizens in an increasingly digitalised, post-COVID world, closing the mobile gender gap has never been more critical.”

WomenConnect India Speaker Series: Technology Eco-system for Indian Communities

Digital infrastructure is an important component of ensuring access. Watch this special webinar featuring Vishakha Saigal (Reliance Jio) and Michael Ginguld (AirJaldi) designed for the WomenConnect Challenge India awardees.

(Transcript available here.)



WCC Steps to Success Series: Designing Creative Women-Centric Technology

To close the gender digital divide, programs must use technology options tailored to women in developing countries, many of whom are illiterate or have low literacy levels. Innovative video and audio platforms allow women to readily communicate and learn. Offline content on a range of development topics can reach women who do not otherwise have access to the internet. Custom devices and services can meet women’s needs much better than a “universal” technology. 

(Transcript available here.)

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Costs of Exclusion Report (2021) by Alliance for Affordable Internet

The recent Costs of Exclusion Report (October 2021) by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) shows that Governments are missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars because of the digital gender gap. 

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