Currently, the Women and the Web Alliance is comprised of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Intel, Internews, NetHope, World Pulse, World Vision, and UN Women. Each of the public and private partners brings unique expertise to the complex issue of closing the gender gap in technology access and use:
- USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. The USAID funding mechanism for the Women and the Web Alliance is the Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance, a partnership between USAID and NetHope. Within USAID, GBI falls under USAID’s newly created U.S. Global Development Lab. Learn more USAID’s efforts in Kenya and around the world to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Intel Corporation is one of the world’s largest producers of semiconductor chips. It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. The Intel® She Will Connect program—a corporate social responsibility/development assistance initiative—aims to close the Internet gender gap around the globe. The alliance grew out of the Intel® She Will Connect program and Intel Corporation’s commitment to bridging the Internet gender gap.
- Internews is an international nongovernmental organization that fosters independent media and access to information worldwide. Formed in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 90 countries worldwide and currently operates one of its regional hubs in Nairobi. Internews’ expertise includes ensuring safe access to the Internet for women and girls and helping them protect themselves against malware, e-mail scams, cyberbullying, identity theft, and other online risks.
- NetHope is the alliance’s overall program manager under the GBI partnership with USAID. NetHope is a nonprofit consortium of more than 40 leading international humanitarian aid organizations working with leading high-tech firms to leverage innovations in information and communications technology to improve the human condition worldwide. Intel is a NetHope supporter.
- World Pulse is the leading network using the power of digital media to connect women worldwide and bring them a global voice. Today tens of thousands of women and their allies from more than 190 countries are connecting through World Pulse and changing their lives—including those using Internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages to urban metropolises. World Pulse believes that when women are heard, they will change the world.
- World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
- UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN) was an original partner that provided networking, entrepreneurship, and professional development opportunities for women through technology. WITIN continues to educate and inspire girls and women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while embracing the emerging technology market as inventors and innovators.