Vodafone Foundation recognizes 50 bold, brave & brilliant women of pure wonder


The Vodafone Foundation in India recognizes the power of mobile technology to address some of India’s most pressing challenges relating to education, health, equality and access. The foundation is committed to enable people and technology to drive innovation, disseminate knowledge, and create shared value to improve lives.

The Vodafone Foundation in India stands committed to invest in the three critical areas of women empowerment, education and agriculture. All its programs focus on harnessing relevant technology solutions for greater productivity and impact. The foundation operates through collaborative partnerships with NGOs, corporates, other donor agencies and government bodies to create greater shared value. The Foundation connects and empowers communities with our flagship program Connecting For Good which includes supporting key NGOs to develop relevant solutions and help scale leading social enterprises. The Foundation also curates, strengthens and promotes usage of social sector related apps through the “Social App Hub”. Further, we identify, fund and mentor existing best-practice innovations through our Mobile for Good initiative. Employee engagement is another key focus of the agency through our different initiatives, such as World of Difference which provides volunteering opportunities to our employees across India.

Dr. Seema Rao, India’s first woman commando trainer, is a pioneer in close quarter battle and has trained various Indian Special forces for 18 years without compensation. Ms. Aditi Mittal, one of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, will make you laugh hard with her incredible wit and intelligent humor. Ms. Abha Khetarpal Maurya is a disability rights activist and has penned numerous books and research papers on the subject.

Imagine 50 such inspiring and brave women coming together and making you go ‘wow’ with their life-altering stories. Women, truly of Pure Wonder!

Vodafone Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Vodafone India, will recognise the spirit and achievements of these women on 10th March, 2017 in New Delhi, where the ‘Women of Pure Wonder’ coffee table book featuring them will be launched.

Announcing the initiative, P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR Vodafone India, said, “With the Women of Pure Wonder series, Vodafone Foundation aims to acknowledge the contribution of women in India and the positive social change they have brought in the society. The first three editions of the book have been well received and we are proud to carry forward the legacy this year as well. Our salutations to all the bold, brilliant and brave women across the country whose inspiring tales are represented by the 50 women featured in this edition of the book.”

Vodafone Foundation launched first edition of Women of Pure Wonder book in 2013, narrating stories of India’s unknown women champions. The second edition – Women of Pure Strength, illustrated how astutely women can steer the mast amidst waves of diverse social and cultural milieu. The third edition of Women of Pure Wonder featured women of extreme vision, valour and victory.

Published by Roli Books, Women of Pure Wonder will be available at leading bookstores including and Flipkart and Amazon.

Vodafone India celebrated International Women’s Day throughout the week of 6th to 10th March with the theme #ConnectedSheCan. It encouraged women to become self-sufficient, independent and empowered using the power of mobile connectivity and improve the standard of health, education and economy in their lives.