The Vodafone Foundation will be holding a Connected Women Summit in London on 3 March 2014.
The summit aims to examine the impact of mobile technology on the lives of women. The event will focus on women globally, ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The outcome of the event will be research published on the economic impact of extending women’s access to mobile, with particular focus on women in the developing world. The day also aims to demonstrate how mobile technologies can transform women’s health and education, in addition to announcing a new global female literacy and education partnership.
During the evening an event will be hosted by Vodafone group chief executive Vittorio Colao and Vodafone chief executive for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Serpil Timuray.
Guest speakers will include Malala Yousafzai, ambassador for girls’ education worldwide through the Malala Fund, Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation and Justine Greening, international development secretary in the UK.
Colao said: “Mobile changes women’s lives forever. Mobile technologies can help women build businesses, lift families out of poverty, conquer illiteracy, enhance maternal and childhood health and reduce the blight of domestic violence.”