By empowering women and promoting gender equality, we can enable communities, economies and businesses – including our own – to prosper.
Our 2025 goal
We aim to connect an additional 20 million women living in Africa (excluding Egypt) and Turkey to mobile by 2025
women experience a mobile gender gap
Closing the ‘mobile gender gap’
Communications technology plays a critical role in empowering women to improve their lives and livelihoods.
Access to mobile technologies can empower women to improve their lives and livelihoods
Our progress in bringing the benefits of mobile to more women
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improve health, wellbeing and safety
enable economic empowerment
Estimated number of female customers in Africa and Turkey (millions)
Across our networks
more female customers since 2016
subscribers to Mum & Baby service in South Africa
customers using M-Pesa, 17 million are women
Supporting education and skills
An estimated 132 million girls worldwide are out of school, including over .
Mobile technology increases access to quality education, especially for people living in remote areas. Vodafone Foundation has pioneered the development of innovative digital teaching and remote learning technologies for deployment among some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the world, including people living in refugee camps in sub-Saharan Africa. Its Instant Network Schools programme connects classrooms to the internet, providing remote and isolated communities with solar power, tablet computers and teacher training resources, together with access to educational content. Run in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Instant Network Schools programme has given over 83,500 young refugee students access to a quality digital education.
Across the world, millions of girls lack the information, connections, tools and services they need through mobile. Many of the everyday issues that affect them – relationships, contraception and gender-based violence – are often too sensitive to talk about openly, if at all. Boys are also one and a half times more likely to own a mobile phone than girls.
Improving health and wellbeing
According to UNICEF South Africa, 4,300 mothers die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth each year, 20,000 babies are stillborn and another 23,000 die in their first month of life.
In Kenya, only one in five of the population has some form of financial protection from healthcare costs*. Safaricom’s M-TIBA is a service that allows anyone to send, save and spend funds specifically for medical treatment using their mobile phone.
Tackling domestic violence and abuse
Enabling economic empowerment
Finding ways to improve access to financial services and support entrepreneurship will bring significant social benefits and economic opportunities
We estimate that 17 million women were actively using M-Pesa this year, accounting for 41% of our M-Pesa customer base
Since 2016, we have built on the success of our M-Pesa money transfer and M-Pawa money saving services. We are a partner in Business Women Connect (BWC), a service specifically designed for women who run micro-businesses.
Supporting female entrepreneurs
In addition to financial services, Vodafone’s networks and technologies support businesses of all sizes, including entrepreneurs. For example, researchhg0088管理 commissioned in Ghana by Vodafone found that 70% of micro-entrepreneurs would face difficulties continuing their business without a smartphone. This constant connectivity allows entrepreneurs to connect with customers, search for new business ideas and track competitors’ prices.
Through the Foundation's Women First in Entrepreneurship programme in Turkey, more than 36,000 women have received training on entrepreneurship, communications and finance.
Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our approach is contributing to SDGs:
Learn more about Inclusion
We seek to be a company whose global workforce reflects the customers we serve and the broader societies within which we operate.
Vodafone is committed to doing our part to support digital learning and digital skills for youth.