‘Airtel Women Network’ Launched To Bridge Gender Equity
In line with Airtel Nigeria’s drive for gender equity, leading telecommunications service provider, the Telco Brand has launched an Airtel Women network for gender equity and advancement.
The launch which was held at Airtel Headquarters on Thursday, 30th March 2023 was led by the Former Securities and Exchange Commission boss, Arunma Oteh, as the keynote speaker, on the theme “Empowering Global Leaders” where she shared her experience and lectured female employees on becoming global leaders.
While delivering her keynote speech, Arunma Oteh commended the brand for driving gender equity and also commended the male employees of Airtel for supporting women in to launch of Airtel Women Network. “The ability of any brand like Airtel to bring innovations like this means that they can do better than the others.”
“I like that Airtel is being intentional about women empowerment and they recognize that they are not doing women a favor, rather empowering women is good for the business”, she added.
The Chief Executive Director, Krishna Menon, who was represented by the Director of Airtel Business, Ogo Ofomata, described Airtel Women Network as a coaching platform to empower and mentor women to become global leaders while breaking stereotypes and closing gender gaps.
She said, “We are an equal opportunity employer and it is embedded in our DNA to be fair, just, and respectful.”
“Airtel is committed to women’s advancement and achievements, both internally and externally, and out of many other initiatives, we have recently demonstrated this through our premium social investment platform ‘Airtel Touching Lives. Through ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, we have not only provided relief and succor to thousands of Nigerians but we have also thrown our full weight behind the Nigerian woman, helping them own their craft and even empowering women in technology” she said.
Also speaking at the event, Director, Human Resources, Airtel Nigeria, Adebimpe Ayo-Elias, said, “Over the years Airtel women have contributed immensely to the success of the organizations and Airtel recognizes this and is committed to ensuring that the women thrive. We are currently at 25% and our target is to grow women’s representation at top-level management to 30% before the end of the year.”
To generally drive women inclusion, especially in technology, part of what Airtel has done is to promote digital financial inclusion by registering and training women as Smartcash PSB agents, at no cost”.