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Mastercard is a leading technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.

Mastercard encourages women to join the tech workforce and is working towards building a truly gender balanced workforce across its locations. To help narrow the gender gap, Mastercard has been cultivating young technology enthusiasts as part of its signature education platform, Girls4Tech. Currently in its fifth year, this hands-on, inquiry-based STEM program has reached more than 400,000 girls (ages 8-12) in 25 countries.

Mastercard remains committed towards economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and increasing their contribution to India’s growth. The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth has partnered with Industree Foundation to facilitate the adoption of digital payments among 100,000 women artisans across India. So far, 22,000 women producers have secured approximately USD 1.4 million in domestic and international orders that will be fulfilled by women-owned producer enterprises.

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

As a company, Google is committed to level the playing field for women across the country which leads to socio- economic benefits for their families, communities, and society. The Internet provides an equal opportunity for everyone to succeed, but women face many cultural and socio economic barriers to gain from the Internet.

Just 3 years ago, India had the largest digital gender divide in the world, and the situation was far worse in rural India. Through its Internet Saathi program, Google has trained women from over 289,000 villages on using the Internet and equipped them with data-enabled devices so that they in turn can get other women from their village started on their Internet journeys and find ways to enhance their livelihoods.