Akande, others, seek more female representation on boards
• As Women Corporate Directors debut in Nigeria
The Honorary Chair, Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Nigeria, Nike Akande, has expressed concern over the low level of women representation on the boards of Nigerian firms. Speaking at the official launch organised by KPMG, in Lagos, Akande said the under-representation of women had remained obvious for a long time at all levels of decision making, especially in business and politics.
According to her, companies with a good representation of women directors on the board attain significantly higher performance, on average, than those with the lowest representation of women.
“There are a lot of positions that women can participate in. We still do not have enough women on the boards. It is important for women to network and help each other.
“A lot of women have done very well in this country. By having a forum like this we encourage women to believe that they can do it and when they get to the board they will perform very well. If you put a woman in any position they always do well.”
The KPMG Lead WCD, EMA, Ciska Knight, (WCD), explained that WCD is a trusted community of support and expertise for women directors of public and large private companies, representing the highest levels of executive and board leadership in business .
She noted that WCD has more than 80 chapters around the world, with new chapters opening in each quarter.
“WCD is committed, not just to good governance but governance with global vision. The not-for-profit organisation helps make the challenges of being a director easier, improves international knowledge and connections, and enables women to have more impact and influence on public policy and in the boardroom.
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