Stanbic IBTC has again highlighted its resolve to maintain a gender-balanced workforce to ensure it continues to provide quality financial services to its clients and Nigerians.
The pledge was made at the 2019 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) fifth anniversary held in Lagos.
The BWN, inaugurated five years ago, to commemorate the yearly International Women's Day (IWD) celebration, with this year's theme: "Balance For Better", was a significant opportunity for Stanbic IBTC to celebrate and promote its gender-balanced workforce in society.
The Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc., Yinka Sanni said the bank is proud to showcase not only its equal opportunity policy, but also its efforts to promote a gender-balanced workplace in the society.
"In our 30-year history, we have always insisted on equal opportunity. We have also continued to lead the charge in empowering women. This gives me joy and is something that we are fully committed to as an organization," Sanni said.
According to him, Standard Bank Group is collaborating with 'HeForShe', a United Nations Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality, with its Group Chief Executive, Sim Tshabalala, among other African leaders who have already signed up as a 'HeForShe' Impact Champion.
Sanni explained further that the Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network is a platform established to provide the women in the bank the opportunity to engage and share knowledge and information among themselves and in the process gain new insights that will enhance their professional skills.
On her part, the chairperson of BWN, Nike Bajomo, said: "Women have a duty to be diligent at work and be positive about career growth, otherwise, the famed glass ceiling will limit advancement.
"I urge you to do your bit to ensure that the future for the female folk is positive, equal, safe and fulfilling. I don't see glass ceilings preventing me from attaining success. If you do, then you are getting in your own way."
Also, the 2019 edition of the Blue Women Network magazine was officially unveiled at the event.