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Key Speaker at Vodafone Event Doesn't Own a Mobile Phone

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A notable speaker at a Vodafone funded conference told the audience that she doesn't own a mobile phone.

Pakistan teenager, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban while she was campaigning for education rights for girls, raised a laugh at the Vodafone event when she admitted to not owning a mobile phone.

The Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone's philanthropic arm was announcing a tie-up with the Malala Fund to support education for girls, and will explore ways to use mobile technology to improve access to education in rural areas.

Shiza Shahid, chief executive of Malala Fund, said "We hope our work will help empower the most disenfranchised girls through education and mobile technology."

Research commissioned by Vodafone found that giving women greater access to mobile services could raise annual global productivity by USD29 billion a year by 2020.

In addition to the economic development that comes from an educated workforce, it is also estimated that there can be a considerable saving in healthcare and legal costs for women through such initiatives.

The UK's International Development Minister Justine Greening offered one of her spare phones to Malala, although it is fairly certain that Vodafone would have stepped in to hand over a smartphone themselves.

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