Usaid Unveils New Partners, Initiatives for Women in Digital Economy

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and US Agency for International Development have teamed up to try to close the digital gender gap, and they've just announced $11.6 million in new funding.

The Women in the Digital Economy Fund was launched earlier this year by Vice President Kamala Harris, with initial funding from USAID and the Gates Foundation.

"To attract greater investment that will help close the gap, Vice President Kamala Harris launched the Women in the Digital Economy Fund (Wi-DEF) earlier this year, with initial funding from USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," USAID says in a press release.

"Today, we are proud to announce that our partners from Microsoft and the Government of the Republic of Korea have pledged an additional $11.6 million towards the Fund," Harris says in the release.

"The $10 million pledged by Microsoft and $1.6 million from the Republic of South Korea will be crucial to creating a more equitable digital world."

TheWi-DEF aims to "drive digital financial inclusion and empowerment of women, advance digital skills and education for women, and ensure safety and security for women and girls when they engage with technology," Harris says.

Amazon, Microsoft, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the G20 EMPOWER India Chapter, Global Digital Inclusion Partnership, GSMA, Mastercard

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