Heritage Bank has been extolled for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality, as well as women’s empowerment for socio-economic growth.
This was stated recently by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe in Port Harcourt.
The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.
Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News, who is also a member of the Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.
“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women’s empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well as women empowerment,” she said.
The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie, affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women’s empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.
In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with a blueprint for promoting women’s equal rights to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality. He affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic assets in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.
According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”
Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social, and skill constraints.
Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making. According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.
He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women’s positions on the Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.
Cole also charged women to being deliberate to position and champion courses that would put them at the forefront of making difference.