WIMBIZ seeks sustainable reforms on gender parity


The Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) has stressed the urgent need for institutional sustainable reforms with focus on gender parity within the corporate and political sphere to foster development. The group argued that gender inclusion could be an economic game changer for Nigeria and women in particular.

Chair, Planning Committee for the 2019 WIMBIZ Chief Executive Officers /Policy-Maker Breakfast Interactive Series, Mrs Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo, who stated this in her remark, said the meeting is a stakeholder engagement session held annually with CEOs and policy makers across various industries and sectors to discuss and proffer solutions to the critical challenges that women face.

She said the theme of her presentation ‘Hidden Figures: The Cost of Exclusion’, seeks to highlight the cost of exclusion to Nigeria’s economic growth, and the correlation between gender affirmative reforms and GDP, economic growth, job creation and wealth distribution.

Group Managing Director/CEO, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc., Paul Gbededo explained that focus, agility, executions are critical skills for the highest levels of governance, adding that deliberate policies led by the private sector is required to drive the growth of women within the cooperate ladder.

He said with women in the boardroom, companies could easily increase their bottom-line by six per cent.On his part, Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri Okunola, said women are well positioned to rise in public service.He explained that in Lagos, there are over 57,000 women in the civil service, saying, “We realise that the cost for exclusion of women from government is high and, on this issue, the Lagos State Governor intends to play catch up”.

Earlier in her opening remarks, the Executive Council Chairperson of WIMBIZ, Olubunmi Talabi, who pointed out the unconscious bias that can affect the progression of women within the workplace, said women do the majority of the world’s unpaid labour, “they are more likely to be economically disadvantaged; they are treated in some circles as inferior and are vulnerable to violence.”

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