Unity Bank launches women network to promote advocacy for gender equity
As part of initiatives to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023, Nigerian lender, Unity Bank Plc has announced the launch of Unity Bank Women Network to foster greater inclusion, equity, and opportunities designed to promote gender empowerment.
While announcing the commencement of the initiative in Lagos on Wednesday, Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun said: “As women, we must also do our part to create a more equitable society that empowers women, drives them to do more, entrust them with responsibilities, and celebrate their achievements every step of the way.”
Unity Bank Women’s Network is conceptualized as a gender advocacy platform to enable the Bank to target and champion initiatives to promote networking and relationships beginning with females within the institution, providing mentorship opportunities and advocacy on social and other relevant issues such as gender equality, parenting, financial education, and leadership.
While naming the Bank’s Chief Compliance Officer, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya as the coordinator of the Women Network, Somefun added, “I believe this Network will promote more visibility, inclusion, and collaboration amongst women within our organization”.
Speaking further on this year’s IWD theme, #EmbraceEquity, Somefun said the day provides another opportunity to reflect on the ongoing advocacy for gender equality.
To demonstrate commitment to gender inclusion, Unity Bank is one of the financial institutions in Nigeria that has up to three female representatives on its Board and has over the years celebrated the IWD with socially impactful initiatives aimed at empowering women and creating an enabling environment for the female gender to thrive.
In the 2022 edition, the Bank collaborated with ALTSchool Africa to empower female software engineers, a strategic initiative aimed at empowering the female gender to participate actively in the burgeoning technology sector.
In a similar vein, the Bank also partnered with the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, NASME to roll out an engagement programme for women entrepreneurs in commemoration of the IWD in March 2022.