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International Women’s Day: NSE sees women inclusion as key to economic empowerment
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By Desola Akindele
March 8, 2017 14:48:29pm GMT      |      Views: 2776
Nigerian Stock Exchange

WorldStage Newsonline-- The acting Head of Corporate Services Division for the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Pai Gamde has called on women to rise above limitations set for the female gender to foster economic empowerment. 

She gave this call at the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s symposium held in commemoration of the International Women’s Day in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to her, the belief in the contributions to national growth and economic development, resides in 50 percent of the population which is the women.

“The woman needs to believe in the value she contributes to the development of the economy. “We encourage the woman to rise up with a determination to make history and to break loose from barriers that society or background may have set” she said.

Citing the NSE as an example, she said the female to male employees’ ratio of 1:4 has improved significantly to 1:2 meaning there was one woman to every two men at the NSE and we are working towards improving the number.” She said

At the NSE we have a diversity policy that deals with diversity across all levels in order to ensure that we close whatever gaps exist.

She also urged the women to mentor the girl child through every stage that takes them to being a woman. Mentorship relationships even in our communities are crucial towards creating a gender balance.

Other Speakers/ Panelists at the programme were the first Female Professor of History in Nigeria, Prof. Bolanle Awe, Honourable Commissioner for Urban & Physical Planning Ogun State, Ronke Sofekun, Founder and managing Director Invivo Partners Limited, Ngozi Edozien, Publisher and Founder of Genevieve Magazine Betty Irabor, General Counsel & Head, Regulation of the NSE, Tinuade Awe and the NSE’s Council Secretary, Mojisola Adeola

The highlight of the symposium themed Transcending Gender Limitations was Spoken Word rendered by Atilola a poet, who serenaded the crowd with inspiring poems for the girl child and particularly the woman folk.

The symposium ended on a high note with a raffle draw with 20 lucky women as winners of varieties of gifts ranging from beauty products to fashion items, free family photography session and N100,000 gift voucher.

Speaking on her experience at the event, Mercy Akamo a delegate from Dangote Cement said, “The speakers were able to genuinely share their concerns and explain best practices on how to be a woman in this age. Because they were older, lessons from what has worked for them were also passed down and despite the fact that limitations exist, they have made us realise that the woman can be anything you want in spite of different perceptions from other people.

The CEO of the NSE Mr. Oscar Onyema had earlier expressed profound support for the program, he said “We are proud to host this symposium that allows us every year to bear witness to an exchange of stimulating stories of women’s achievements as well as celebrate what women can do and what women have done.”

“Reinforcing our commitment to eliminate gender inequality, we will be launching an Economic Dividend of Gender Equality (EDGE) campaign aimed at educating our listed companies and dealing members on the significance and economic importance of bridging gender equality.

In addition, we will inaugurate NSE Gender Equality Men (GEM), a group of men who will support women in NSE towards achieving their potentials and help them to navigate work place challenges”.

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