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Vodafone Joins Hands With Malala Fund For Female Literacy

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Vodafone Foundation partnered with Malala Fund to invest in new mobile-based literacy and education projects around the globe.

Announcing this, Vodafone said in a release that providing women with greater access to mobile phones and services could lead to a $29 billion increase in annual global productivity from 2020- almost equivalent to the 2012 GDP of Tanzania.

Recently released The Vodafone Connected Women report found that mobile-based literacy programmes could enable 5.3 million women to learn to read by 2020, mainly across the developing countries in which Vodafone operates.

Highlighting the impact of mobile technology on the lives of women around the world, Vodafone Group kick started ‘Connected Women Summit” in London on 3 March 2014.

Reducing female illiteracy in developing countries would empower women to secure new work opportunities with a resultant increase in economic activity totalling $3.4 billion per year from 2020. And, mobile could reduce the number of domestic violence incidents against women in developed markets by a total of 80,000 between 2014 and 2020, the report said.

Andrew Dunnett, Director, Vodafone Foundation, said, “Getting a mobile for the first time can change a woman’s life forever, and – as the Vodafone Connected Women report demonstrates – preventing the gender gap from widening would yield a significant economic benefit.  We look forward to working with the Malala Fund to give more women the knowledge and skills to take greater control of their lives and increase their participation in the workforce.”

Regarding the safety of women, the report claimed that mobile-based alert systems could reduce the number of domestic violence incidents against women by a total of 80,000 by 2020 if they were made more widely available by local police services.

In addition to the broader positive social and cultural impact of reducing the number of domestic assaults against women, according to the report, greater use of mobile technology in violence prevention would also generate an annual economic impact of $800 million in 2020 through reduced healthcare, security and legal costs and enhanced productivity as women under threat remained fully able to participate in the workforce.

Wahengbam Rorrkychand

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