The Vodafone Group has identified women’s empowerment as one of its global transformation goals, aiming to connect 50 million women living in emerging markets to help improve their lives and livelihoods by 2025.
Here are some of their achievements to date:
Education in India
Vodafone India and the Vodafone Foundation are working in partnership with Educate Girls, an NGO concerned with keeping girls in Rajasthan in school for longer. To date, Vodafone India has supported more than 120,000 girls enabling them to benefit from the education they need and deserve.
In 2007, Vodafone and their Kenyan affiliate Safaricom developed the first mobile money transfer service M-Pesa. M-Pesa helps put power over the family’s finances into women’s hands, enabling them, for example, to save money each week to pay for a child’s education or to secure a small loan to set up a business working from home. Worldwide, there are now more than 4.5 billion M-Pesa transactions every year and more than 25 million active users.
Empowering women entrepreneurs in Turkey
Vodafone's Women First programme in Turkey helps to connect women in rural parts of the country by giving them access to mobile phones and the internet. The programme has gained approximately 640,000 subscribers, more than 20,000 adverts have been placed and the pages viewed by more than 1.3 million people.
Connecting refugees with education
The Vodafone Foundation is a global pioneer in developing innovative digital teaching and remote learning technologies for deployment among some of the most isolated and vulnerable social groups in emerging markets including refugees in camps in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation is championing the education of refugees, targeting a potential three million young people in refugee camps across the countries in which we operate by 2020.
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