- Post by Admin on sunday, March 05, 2015
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Women Empowerment Hub (Wehub) celebrates second year of motivating, connecting and providing supports to its women. The second anniversary coincided with the 2018 International Women Day celebrations, as prominent women from different professions, that attended the occasion at the bank head office in Lagos urged women to Press for Progress, which was the theme for this year, with a strong call to press forward and speed up the move for gender parity and inclusiveness.
Every year across the world, the 8th of March is set aside to celebrate women and their remarkable contributions to humanity. Which gives female gender opportunity to raise awareness about challenges they face while stimulating action for the resolution of these challenges. Special guests at this year’s event included Stephanie Busari, top journalist and Head of the Cable Network News (CNN) Nigeria multi-platform bureau who delivered the keynote speech.
According to a statement from the bank, a major highlight of the event was an outstanding stage production of Ifeoma Fafunwa’s ‘Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True’ play which featured an impressive cast including renowned actresses Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Ufuoma McDermott and others.
The thought provoking piece explored predominant issues facing today’s woman and girl child including discrimination, violence, rape and female genital mutilation in a bid to create awareness and ultimately facilitate the eradication of these issues. The statement added that since the launch Women Empowerment Hub in 2016, it has grown to become a community focused on providing networking, mentorship and development opportunities to the female employees of Union bank.
On the platform, some of the Bank’s women are successfully involved in mentoring young girls across the Country. During the event, there was a moving testimony of Peace, a young girl from an underprivileged home who would have been deprived of a university education if not for the full scholarship she received from her Union Bank mentor through the Wehub mentorship scheme.
The statement pointed out that Union Bank remains committed to women empowerment. Sighting that in 2017, it provided much needed aid to the Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) hostel in Kwali, Kano State which included the refurbishment of a dilapidated wing of the women’s hostel, donation of a vehicle as well as beddings, medicines and medical supplies. The Bank also recently organised an empowerment seminar for female entrepreneurs as part of activities under its business advisory services.
Photo Caption: From Left: Anino Emuwa, International Management Consultant; Stephanie Busari, Head CNN Nigeria; Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Renowned Actress; Ifeoma Fafunwa, Founder and Creative Director iOpenEye Limited and Lola Cardoso, Head Corporate Strategy and Innovation Union Bank at the event in Lagos.