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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.

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By empowering women and promoting gender equality we can enable communities, economies and businesses – including our own – to prosper.

We are changing women’s lives through mobile

Our 2025 goal

We aim to connect an additional 50 million women living in emerging markets to mobile

Bringing mobile to more women

Communications technology plays a critical role in empowering women to improve their lives and livelihoods. Owning even the most basic mobile enables a woman to communicate, access information, learn, manage her finances, and even set up and run a business.

Our goal is to connect an additional 50 million women living in emerging markets to mobile, by 2025. We also intend to use our mobile technologies to enhance the quality of women’s lives through programmes that enable financial inclusion, improve health and wellbeing and build education, skills and entrepreneurship.

Our strong commitment to diversity is a source of business strength

Our 2025 goal

Our ambition is for Vodafone to become the world’s best employer for women

Working towards gender equality

We are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion and believe that by improving the diversity of our global workforce we will better reflect our customer base and wider society.

We believe our strong commitment to diversity is a source of business strength, as evidenced by our long-term ambition to become an employer with such a strong track record for attracting, retaining and developing talented women that, by 2025, we will be widely considered to be the world’s best employer for women.

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 all

Find out more about our contribution to the UN SDGs
SDG 4: Quality education SDG 5: Gender equality SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG 13: Climate action

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.