Empowering women: Google, Samsung, Aircel to promote internet adoption in India

Written by Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 3 2014, 01:44am hrs
SamsungHelping Women Get Online toll free number 1800 41 999 77 set up under this initiative.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has joined hands with Aircel and Googles Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) initiative to open up the world of the Internet to more women in India. The partnership will bring Samsungs range of smartphones and Aircels mobile network as well as data innovations to the campaign, which will enable women to easily understand the benefits that Internet can bring to their everyday lives. This will be done by increasing their awareness through Internet training sessions provided jointly by Samsung & Google on both Internet usage and Samsung smartphones powered by Aircel data.

Googles HWGO was launched in November 2013 to empower women by enabling them to use the Internet. The campaign seeks to address the fact that only 1 in 3 Indian women (Source: June 2013 i-cube, IMRB data) access the Internet. One of the many activities to address this scenario involves Internet training in cities and towns across 12 states in the country, targeting over 4 million literate women from low income groups. The program also targets girl students with an aim to build them as influencers and bring about a long-term societal change.

Executed through ground activations, HWGO activations will have trainers using Samsung smartphones powered by Aircel data to demonstrate the ease of using the Internet for various purposes. They will also get a chance to try out what they learn, on Samsung smartphones available for demonstration purposes at each activation location and can get their queries resolved through a dedicated Helping Women Get Online toll free number 1800 41 999 77 set up under this initiative.

To maintain continuity from the training sessions, Samsung facilitators present at each activation platform will offer hands on experience to women on how to use internet on a mobile platform. Aircel will provide free 500 MB data access for up to 6 months with select Samsung smartphone purchase to encourage women to go online and explore the world of internet through their mobile phone screens.

Samsungs participation in this campaign will be crucial in addressing the issue of access identified by IMRB as a key barrier for women getting online, as Internet access through mobile phones is considered the next technological leapfrog in India. In this process, Aircels relevant, customized and affordable data offerings will pave the way for digital inclusion of these women. Samsung smartphones available at a range of prices and incorporating various language features will enable women reached by the campaign to quickly understand the ease and use of going online, often in the language they are literate in.