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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Absa workplace gender equality initiative receives accolades

Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon Angela Kairuki (left), is ushered in by Absa Bank Tanzania Managing Director, Abdi Mohamed at Hyatt Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam last Friday where she officiated at the Absa women empowerment forum together with the launch of ABT’s Red Skirts program, designed to inspire, empower and develop women leaders at Absa. The events were part of ABT women activities to celebrate the 2020 International Women Day. Looking on is Absa Tanzania Legal and Compliance Director, Irene Sengati Giattas.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon Angela Kairuki (left), cuts a ribbon to symbolize the launch of Absa Bank Tanzania Red Skirts program, designed to inspire, empower and develop women leaders at ABT. The launch, part of Absa women’s activities to celebrate the 2020 International Women Day, was accompanied by the bank’s women empowerment forum in Dar es Salaam last Friday. From right are ABT Managing Director, Abdi Mohamed and the bank’s Legal and Compliance Director, Irene Sengati Giattas.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon Angela Kairuki (centre), listens to Absa Bank Tanzania Managing Director, Abdi Mohamed at a function where the minister launched the ABT Red Skirts program, designed to inspire, empower and develop women leaders at the bank. The launch, which was part of Absa women’s activities to celebrate the 2020 International Women Day, was matched with the bank’s women empowerment forum in Dar es Salaam last Friday. Left is the bank’s Legal and Compliance Director, Irene Sengati Giattas.
One of Absa Bank Tanzania three winners of top 50 Women in Management Award, Sabiha Gulam receives award from Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon. Angela Kairuki, at a function where the minister launched the ABT Red Skirts program, designed to inspire, empower and develop women leaders at the bank. The launch, which was part of Absa women’s activities to celebrate the 2020 International Women Day, was synchronized with the bank’s women empowerment forum in Dar es Salaam last Friday. Centre is ABT Managing Director, Abdi Mohamed and the bank’s Legal and Compliance Director, Irene Sengati Giattas.
A panelist during the Absa Bank Tanzania women empowerment forum, Brenda Msangi Kinemo (second left), who is CCBRT CEO, drives a point home at a function where ABT launched The Red Skirts program, designed to inspire, empower & develop women leaders at the bank. Looking on from left are; NLC Tanzania Chief Executive, Catherine Kimaryo, Lindam Group Managing Director, Zuhura Sinare Muro, CEO Roundtable Executive Director, Santina Benson and Grassroots Business Fund Africa Regional Director, Lilian Mramba.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon Angela Kairuki (second left), takes a look at some handmade items by women at the function.  Left is Absa Bank Tanzania Legal and Compliance Director, Irene Sengati Giattas, and the banks MD, Abdi Mohamed.
A cross-section of attendees at the Absa Bank Tanzania women empowerment forum in Dar es Salaam last Friday.
ABT Red Skirts champions pose for a memento photo with the forum’s panelists, together with the bank’s top executives during a function at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam last Friday.

By Our Reporter

The Minister for State Prime Minister’s Office (Investment), Hon Angela Kairuki, has commended initiative by Absa Bank Tanzania to address gender gap at workplace in the country, during a women Empowerment Forum organized by the bank in Dar es Salaam on International Women Day.

“I would like to use this opportunity to urge other banks and companies to borrow a leaf from this initiative so that we are able to address the gender gap, especially in the corporate world in our country, in Africa and the world at large, “said the minister.

The forum went hand in hand with launch of The Red Skirts, a programme designed to inspire, empower & develop women leaders at Absa Bank Tanzania,

The minister said: “It is important to note the fact that we need more women in boardrooms is not just mere advocacy rhetoric. It is so because despite commendable progress made during the past 25 years since the Beijing Conference, women are still lacking in top executive positions.”

Speaking at the event, Absa Bank Managing Director Abdi Mohamed took the opportunity to highlight the universality of the issue or gender equality. “The equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, race, religion and country to drive actions that will create gender equality in the world.”

Elaborating on the status of women at Absa, he noted: “We have four Tanzanian women director in the bank. In 2006 that number was zero.

The MD further noted that of the bank’s total workforce of 485, female are 233 or 48 per cent, and that of the bank’s 15 branch managers, 8 are female.

“We meet every year to review our progress, we do not meet to celebrate perfection, but tp reflect on progress,” added Mr. Mohamed.
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