Mrs Georgina A. Fiagbenu addressing a group of women enttreprenurs as part of activities to mark World Women's Day
Mrs Georgina A. Fiagbenu addressing a group of women enttreprenurs as part of activities to mark World Women's Day

MTN Ghana, the leading telecommunications service provider celebrated women on International Women’s Day by organizing different fora to motivate women under the theme “Be Bold for Change.”

Mrs Georgina A. Fiagbenu addressing a group of women enttreprenurs as part of activities to mark World Women's Day
Mrs Georgina A. Fiagbenu addressing a group of women enttreprenurs as part of activities to mark World Women’s Day
MTN organized a forum for its female staff, scholarship beneficiaries and some students at the MTN House, Accra. The MTN Foundation also sponsored a mentorship programme for a group of women entrepreneurs in the Greater Accra Region.

The in-house program brought together facilitators such as Dorothy Gordon, a Technology Consultant and Derek Oppong a Psychologist. There was also a session on personal grooming for the women.

In her presentation, Ms. Dorothy Gordon urged women to employ effective use of ICT services to promote their businesses and enhance their livelihood.

Addressing a group of women entrepreneurs, Communications Senior Manager for MTN, Mrs Georgina A. Fiagbenu shared details on initiatives MTN has undertaken to empower it female employees and to make them more efficient. She highlighted initiatives and policies such as the flexible working hours and the provision of a crèche at MTN House to enable nursing mothers bring their babies to work as examples. She used the opportunity to encourage women in decision making roles to take bold decisions that will bring change and positively impact the lives of females in their respective organisations.

In a related development Ms. Adwoa Arthur, MTN Regulatory Manager interacted with level 400 female students of the Pentecost University on the topic “Who is an Effective Female Leader.” Participants at the forum were encouraged to adopt values and skills that will make them effective leaders in the future.

Over the years, MTN has continued to demonstrate its commitment to empowering women in various ways and has consistently embarked on projects which promote female empowerment. Out of its total workforce, MTN has over 40% women in its employment with some of them occupying Executive and Senior Managerial roles. In addition to direct employment, MTN Ghana through its Foundation’s Economic Empowerment portfolio, has embarked on initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of women in many communities across Ghana. The Foundation has provided support for several women groups including Women in Palm Production at Juaso in the Ashanti Region, Tizaa Dini Women in Shea Butter and the Sung Suma Women in Shea Butter in Upper West region.

The MTN Ghana Foundation also places particular focus on maternal healthcare and the general wellbeing of women. The Foundation has commissioned several projects aimed at improving maternal and child mortality. Some of the projects include the construction of a 40 bed maternity block for the Tema General Hospital which is currently underway at a total cost of GH¢4m; the establishment of a Neonatal Center for the Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region, and the provision of a 20-bed maternity block for the Ejisu Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region. Another area of equal importance to MTN is increasing access to ICT education and facilities for girls.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, MTN Ghana congratulated all women who have committed their service to drive Ghana’s development. MTN Ghana pledges to continue to foster a better working environment which creates a platform for gender inclusiveness.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.