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While progress has been made in giving women access to the same opportunities as men, more needs to be done to ensure broader equality, FNB’s Executive Officer for Commercial Banking Services, Sepo Haihambo has said.
In a media statement issued in recognition of International Women’s Day, Haihambo said the COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on business and political leaders, exposing several persistent problematic areas, including the continued and pervasive gender disparity and inequality.
“Even though the virus impacted and continues to affect everyone on the planet, women seem to bear the brunt of most of its bite. At the core of its purpose, commemorating International Women’s Day is aimed at celebrating women’s accomplishments, as well as to honour their contributions to their families and society as a whole,” she said.
Haihambo added that there is a lot to celebrate in terms of how far society has come in allowing women access to the same opportunities available to their male counterparts, but more needs to be done to ensure broader equality and inclusivity.
Male and female leaders should continue to give exposure and ‘open the door’ to opportunities for women, she added. “When operating in the virtual world of work, this is a deliberate effort of stepping aside to allow women to lead a project, pitch, take their rightful seat at the boardroom table and drive initiatives. Succession plans can play a valuable role in this if they are deliberate, fair, and supported by mentors and sponsors. It takes a village to juggle multiple works and personal life responsibilities, and this village comprises both men and women,” Haihambo noted.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)