Gender diversity in business essential in fight against poverty - Vodafone CEO

Gender diversity in business essential in fight against poverty - Vodafone CEO
Source: Ghana | | Joy Business
Date: 16-09-2019 Time: 04:09:18:pm
Vodafone Ghana CEO Patricia Obo-Nai is the acting Chairperson for the launch of the AGI ‘Women in Business’ group

Telecommunications giant, Vodafone Ghana has advocated collaboration in the support for women in business in Ghana.

Chief Executive Patricia Obo-Nai, acting as Chairperson for the launch of the AGI ‘Women in Business’ group, acknowledged that despite recognition of the impact of women globally, issues of inequality still permeates many businesses in Africa, especially Ghana.

She said addressing gaps in gender diversity in business is essential in the fight against poverty and under-development.

Over the years, Vodafone has continually displayed leadership in diversity and inclusion.

Recently, the company launched a new initiative with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on “Bringing the Informal to the formal.”

The Programme which essentially will equip 1,500 women in small enterprises in the Upper East, with financial and business skills to improve upon their contribution to society. Ultimately, the project is expected to indirectly benefit close to 10,000 people in the region.

Women in Business group

The AGI Women in Business (WiB) Group is a platform set up by the Association of Ghana Industries to empower and equip women with the right skills, policies and network to contribute effectively towards Ghana’s socio-economic development.

Delivering her opening remarks during the launch, Patricia said, "The thought in some quarters that diversity and gender equity issues must be saved for the back burner is unfortunate.

“Together, men and women are a force to be reckoned with, particularly when we come together for the common good. Whilst I will be the first to acknowledge that there is still progress to be made in this area, it is true that attention to diversity and gender equity are essential steps in building a great culture."

The First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, speaking as Guest of Honour at the same event, observed that a lot more needs to be done to provide access to finance for women in business.

She charged women entrepreneurs to be more proactive and strategic in navigating the digital age.