The global context
Equality of opportunity between men and women supports long-term social stability and economic progress.
Over the past two decades, the global gender gap has narrowed – particularly in areas such as education and health. However, major challenges remain.
One study estimates that it will take another 217 years to close the gender gap in the workplace if significant changes are not made 1.
Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Our approach is contributing to SDG 5
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
We are also impacting SDGs 4 and 8
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for allFind out more about our contribution to the UN SDGs
We believe we can have the greatest impact on five of the UN SDGs through our networks, products and services and through the work of the Vodafone Foundation.
Communications technology can play a critical role in empowering women to improve their lives and livelihoods. Through providing women with access to life-enhancing services, which help unlock socio-economic opportunities, and championing the inclusion of women in the workplace, Vodafone is committed to SDG 5. Our approach also aligns to SDGs 4 and 8, as our mobile technologies support improved education outcomes and drive financial inclusion.