Tuesday, 19 July 2016

More Than Half of Women Fear Their Gender Will Hurt Their Career by Zlata Rodionova

More than half of female students believe gender may hold them back in their career, a study has found. Only 42 per cent of women are confident that their gender will have no influence on their pay and their career progression, compared to more than 70 per cent of men, according to the first national Think Future Study from KPMG and the 30% Club, a group of chairs and CEOs committed to better gender balance through voluntary action.
The study launched by Cambridge undergraduate Helena Eccles in November has polled over 20,000 students at 21 universities. It found that more than 70 per cent of young women are confident in their own abilities but doubtful that a traditional career path will enable them to progress their careers as far as they want.
The findings also highlight the issue of “gendered” sectors, which continues to restrict talent pools in certain industries.
Nearly half of female students felt that a sector’s reputation for gender equality would influence their decision about working in it. While only 27 per cent of male students considered gender equality as a requirement for working in an industry.
Financial services was the 4th most popular sector choice for men and only the 12th most popular choice for women, according to Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club.
Melanie Richards, vice chairman of KPMG UK and a member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, said it is “concerning” that women are considerably less optimistic than men about their future career prospects.

“As business leaders we need to play an active role to promote gender parity, bust these myths and recast the image we are projecting to attract the best talent, regardless of their gender. Within our own firm this includes setting targets to recruit, promote and bring through female talent,” Richards said.
“We know better commercial performance comes from the innovation that happens between different people, and we want to recruit graduates from a wider range of backgrounds and disciplines. Having a more diverse workforce gives us a better array of viewpoints on client matters and challenge around our actions,” she added.
Finding a job they enjoy, having time to spend with family and friends and being intellectually fulfilled were the top three priorities for job satisfaction when it came to entering the working world for both male and female students, according to the study.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WIMBIZ Big Sister Program: Because Everyone Needs a Big Sister

This year as WIMBIZ celebrates 15 years of impacting and empowering women, we launched the Big Sister Program which is designed to promote girl child education. The program will equip and empower 1,500 young girls in 3 states with life skills that will boost their confidence and build their leadership capacity thereby preparing them for post-secondary education.

The Big Sister initiative kicked off in Lagos with a Training of Trainers in an effort to train and prepare the mentors ahead of the program. The program went on to hold in three (3) local governments; Eti-Osa and Mainland LGA on Wednesday, May 25 and in Surulere LGA on Wednesday, June 1.

Beneficiaries of the program were mentored by accomplished female professionals in various fields who have a commitment to the development of the girl child. Sessions at the training includes; Building & Developing Self Confidence, Preparing for the Next Level and Owning Your Space. 448 young girls were mentored in the Eti-Osa and Mainland Local Government areas and 352 in Surulere Local Government bringing the total to 800. Our next phase is to reach girls in Port Harcourt and Niger State.

Based on feedback from the mentors, we have selected 44 girls in total who performed exceptionally during the sessions for further leadership training which will further equip them with the skills, tools and information required for their personal development while in school and post secondary education. The training will hold in partnership with LEAP Africa on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 2016. Students from all participating schools have been invited to submit essays on what they consider their school’s pressing need and the schools with the winning essays will be awarded the funds during a small closing ceremony.

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