The Portuguese can support the initiative, which covers eight countries, delivering their obsolete phones in a store of the telecommunications operator during the next year.
In accessing services and content via mobile phones, girls are lagging behind, being 1.5 times less likely than boys to have one of these devices and 1.3 times less likely to own a smartphone, said one a study carried out in 25 countries by the Vodafone Foundation and the non-profit organization Girl Effect.
The report also reports that 67% of boys surveyed have a mobile phone, compared to 44% of girls. Already more than half of them (52%) use used equipment, whereas only 28% of the boys do it.
These discrepancies are fueled by social biases that prevent girls from having the same freedoms as boys when in many countries "access to mobile phones is critical to their health, learning and development," says Andrew Dunnett, director of Vodafone Foundation.
"We have to face the fact that girls and boys do not have the same assumptions regarding the access to a mobile phone and contribute to the start to change this paradigm", says the person in charge.
In order to counter these results, the two institutions have partnered to help seven million young women from South Africa, Ghana, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
The Portuguese can also make this move by delivering their obsolete mobile phones in a Vodafone store over the next year.