Indian women rural-mckaysavage-Flickr-ccGoogle India plans to get 50 million women in India using the Internet within one year through a new initiative that aims to bridge the gender digital divide by providing women with easier access to technology, the company said.

Of the more than 200 million online users in India, only one-third are women.

The “Helping women get online” initiative involves setting up easy Internet access points for women across the country and a toll-free helpline, 1-800-419-9977, to guide new users. The project’s website,, also provides step-by-step information – in both Hindi and English – on the basics of how to use a computer and access the Web.

Of course, the tutorials feature Google properties like YouTube, its Chrome browser and the search engine.

(READ the story from Reuters)

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