Voda Partners with Malala Fund for Mobile-based Womens Education Initiative

Vodafone foundationThe Vodafone Foundation has launched a partnership with the Malala Fund – the philanthropic organisation established by Malala Yousafzai, ambassador for girls’ education worldwide and author of I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education, to promote mobile-based literacy and education projects around the world.

The Malala Fund was established in 2013 to support efforts to ensure girls in all countries and cultures are able to benefit from access to education. The Vodafone Foundation-Malala Fund partnership will explore ways of using mobile technology to tackle illiteracy among women and girls around the world and expand female access to education.

The Vodafone Foundation-Malala Fund collaboration comes in the light of the significant potential for mobile to transform female literacy levels in developing countries, with the Connected Women report, also released today, concluding that mobile technology could be used to lift 5.3m women out of illiteracy by 2020. The report was commissioned by Vodafone with research undertaken by Accenture and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

“Getting a mobile for the first time can change a womans life forever, and – as the Vodafone Connected Women report demonstrates – preventing the gender gap from widening would yield a significant economic benefit,” said Andrew Dunnett, director, Vodafone Foundation. “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.”