Stakeholders in the Nigerian economic space have kicked against tokenisation of women in the workplace, noting the flood of female appointments in some global organisations.
They expressed their dissatisfaction at a webinar to honour International Women's Day with the theme: Leave No Woman Behind: The 50% Rule, held in Lagos.
Speaking at the meeting, Managing Director, Everdon Bureau de Change, Theresa Ezeh said: "Tokenism is when a female is just appointed to a role not necessarily because she is the best fit but because they are trying to make up the number of representation as a team.
"I don't think that it is a good opportunity to accept because already, there is a bias about this role that has just been filled by a woman because we want it filled by a woman."
On her part, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications & CSR, Oando PLC, Alero Balogun said time will tell if the recent flurry of female appointments in some global organisations is an evidence of a better understanding of the merit of gender equality in the corporate sector or tokenism.
Nkiru Olumide-Ojo recommended that organisations must, among other things, be deliberate on creating roles for women to ensure that women are evenly represented as men.
She said: "First the number don't lie and when I see the numbers, and when I say this I think it is Mackenzie who brought up research that showed that companies which had females on their board had output of 60 per cent returns on capital invested and I think, probably up to 85 per cent returns on equity and may be 25 per cent returns on sale.
"On what companies must do to close their wide gender representation gap, I think they must be deliberate with creating roles for women on the table."
In his opening remarks, Executive Director, Institutional Business and Investor Relations, VFD Group, Niyi Adenubi said: In my role as Executive Director and my personal life, I have learnt that competence has no gender."
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