Gender Equality at the 5th Anniversary of the Nigeria Sustainability Banking

The Nigeria Sustainability Banking Principle, in celebration of its fifth anniversary, recently organised an interactive session with top players in the banking and financial sectors discussing issues bordering on gender equality and its effects on the industry.
The session themed ‘Gender Equality in the Financial Service Sector’ held at the Access Bank Head Office in Lagos on Wednesday, 19 September, 2018. Participants spearheaded conversations on the need for companies to adopt sustainable cultures that promote inclusiveness for both male and female employees.
The event had in attendance the Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc., Ibukun Awosika; Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe; Director, Capacity Building, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chizoba Mojekwu; Group Head of Human Resources, Access Bank Bolaji Agbede, Group Divisional Head, Corporate Services, FCMB, Felicia Obazuwa amongst others.
Mojekwu, during the keynote address admonished all participants, especially Human Resources professionals to be wary of prejudicial nuances in matters regarding recruitment or promotion of employees. She stressed that allowance of such is often the bedrock of gender parity in the work place, “The challenge often times is because we have a pre-conceived notion about a certain sex and to what extent they can go, this then translates into how we treat them and the opportunities we present them with. Women must aspire to be at their best if given the opportunity to make their aspirations a reality,” she said.
Awosika while supporting Mojekwu’s standpoint stated that there is a need to increase efforts towards promoting gender equality as it is a vital factor in the quest for nation building. According to her, the era of marginalization based on gender must be eradicated and every employee, male and female must be given a fair chance to prove their worth without unnecessary considerations of their sex. “The pursuit of inclusiveness should concern every one of us because it would not matter how hard men work, we will never achieve goals if we keep the women down,” she said. 
Access Bank Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe , added that  women add so much value to any organisation as much as their male counterparts and truly deserve to be on platforms that enable them perform at their best in an all-inclusive and accommodating environment”
 The session also featured a panel discussion involving Co-Founder, Red Media Africa, Adebola Williams; CEO, TruContact, Ken Egbas; Managing Consultant, Irene Wright, Foluke Aboderin; and Chizoba Mojekwu, with Executive Director of CSR-In-Action, Bekeme Masade as moderator. Also present were the Coordinator, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at First Bank Nigeria Plc., Obianuju Anakwue-Akanbi; Head, Sustainability, Access Bank Plc, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan and others.