HeForShe IMPACT Champion
I am one of billions of men who believe equality for women is a basic human right that benefits us all. And I commit to taking action against gender discrimination and violence in order to build a more just and equal world.
Bring mobile education to refugee girls in countries where Vodafone operates.
The Vodafone Foundation will scale its programmes which enhance the health, education and safety of women and girls around the world. The Vodafone Foundation has an ambitious target to champion the education of refugee girls, targeting a potential three million young people in refugee camps across Vodafone’s markets by 2020. Vodafone’s innovative Instant Network Schools programme provides a portable digital classroom, which enables tablet-based education programmes at schools in refugee camps.
Increase the representation of women in management and leadership positions to 30% by 2020.
By 2020, Vodafone commits to achieving 30% representation of women across its 7,500 management and leadership positions. Currently, women hold a quarter of these positions. Vodafone will focus on three priorities to increase the representation of women: structural changes, which include its groundbreaking global maternity policy; professional development programmes; and education programmes, with a focus on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Vodafone will closely track progress with a quarterly report to its Executive Committee, which will include a detailed dashboard by function and region.
Expand access to mobile as a tool for women’s empowerment.
Mobile technology has empowered people around the world, but today nearly 300 million fewer women than men own a mobile phone, limiting their independence and career opportunities. Approximately 91 million of women without a mobile phone live in markets in which Vodafone operates. Vodafone has committed to breaking this gender barrier by executing a number of programmes to scale services and initiatives across its markets, such as: an M-Pesa-integrated supply chain platform for the Self-Employed Women’s Association, a collective of one million female entrepreneurs in India, and the Vodafone Women First programme, which provides access to online marketplaces for female entrepreneurs in Turkey. Through these programmes and others across Vodafone’s footprint, the company and its global Foundations will provide women with life-changing education, health, safety, and employment opportunities.