L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.
Heritage Bank is an agent for actualization of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe
05/12/2022: Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualization of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well as women empowerment for socio-economic growth.
This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organized by The Kilali Tribe which was held 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 and also a member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing women’s empowerment 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 actualization 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 in promoting women’s equal rights to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.
The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be a huge economic asset 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 the economy, 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.
Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for 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 emphasizing that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.
He stressed the need for organizations to leverage women’s positions on the Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact the growth of any society.
Cole also charged women to be deliberate in positioning and championing courses that would put them at the forefront of making difference.