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NSE, IFC to launch Nigeria2Equal Initiative to reduce employment, entrepreneurship gap

Babajide Okeowo

The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE has announced a strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation, IFC on the Nigeria2Equal Initiative towards reducing employment and entrepreneurship gaps in Nigeria through the private sector.

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the exchange Mr. Oscar Onyema announced this partnership during the event to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD) held recently at the exchange’s corporate headquarters.

‘The program will support the private sector to increase women’s participation as leaders, employees, customers, and entrepreneurs through favourable workforce policies and practices. These efforts will also give rise to products and services that target the women’s market segment, and deliberate measures that promote women’s participation in corporate procurement.

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With the theme “Each for Equal”, the event focused on individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets that will accelerate progress and impact on the advancement of women across all spheres of life in line with the Exchange’s objectives.

Speaking at the event, Onyema highlighted the benefits of an equal and balanced workplace.

“When I learned of this year’s theme, “Each for Equal”, my mind raced to the implications of a truly equal and balanced world; a world where men and women make equal contributions to the society, enjoy equal opportunities, and even enjoy the same rewards and benefits. Going by the growing body of evidence out there, it is safe to conclude that the multiplier effect on families, businesses, communities, economies and ultimately, nations would be indeed phenomenal” he said.

Present at the event as a speaker was Harriet Thompson, British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, who discussed the need for balanced action both at home and at the workplace.