First Bank to organise women mentorship program   

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has said it would organise the first women network, mentoring, coaching and sponsorship pillar webinar to commemorate the World Women’s Day.

Stating its commitment to empowering women and promoting socio-economic inclusion, the initiative is to bridge the gender gaps and encourage women’s participation at all levels in the organisation.

According to The Punch, this was said in a statement by the bank while also announcing its plans to dedicate the month of March to celebrating women across the world.

This year’s World Women’s Day themed, ‘Embrace Equity’ will be celebrated worldwide on March 8, 2023.

“As a member of UN Women, FirstBank employs the relevant women empowerment tools including the Women Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool in the process of assessing its performance and provides progress reports that feed into the WEPs performance indicators,” the bank said.

According to First Bank, the employee’s ratio of female to male is 39 percent to 61 percent. In addition, about 32 percent of women are in management.

In partnership with the United nations, FirstBank would play important roles in the March 15 event of the United nations.

“In line with this commitment, FirstBank is partnering with UN Women on 15 March 2023 and is set to play a key role in a scheduled event driven by UN Women that will showcase young women and men between the ages of 18-35 in Nigeria who are using technological innovations and tools to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and inclusion.

“This is in line with the UN International Women’s Day theme for 2023, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”,the bank further stated.

The Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Folake Ani-Mumuney spoke about the event saying, “We remain committed to diversity and inclusion as well as women empowerment through digital education and the provision of opportunities for women to access digital tools to bridge the gender digital divide and achieve gender equality.

“Therefore, as in previous years, FirstBank has dedicated March 2023 as a month set aside to celebrate women and all their remarkable achievements over the years which include their leadership roles and pace-setting standards inScience Technology Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics.

The Punch reported that Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications said that FirstBank looks to impact as many women as possible in their deliberate act of partnering with the United Nations.

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