Underwriter supports women businesses, SMEs
AXA Mansard Insurance Plc said it is supporting women entrepreneurs and small businesses as part of its activities to mark the international women’s month, as it sponsored the SME 100 Africa event.
The event, with theme: “Balancing for Better: The Rise of the Female Economy”, was held in Lagos, while women from different sectors, spanning government, private sector, academia, small business owners, professionals and housewives, participated.
The Divisional Director, Retail, AXA Mansard Insurance, Mrs. Rashidat Adebisi, said: “We at AXA Mansard are very proud to be a part of an event like this, which highlights the part that women play in the development of any economy.
“Today more than any other time in history, there’s a strong call to amplify the achievements of females in our society across different sectors. Everyone is encouraged to reflect as a society on the roles of women as managers, professionals, teachers and agents of change, to bring to light how far women in Nigeria have come, and what needs to be done in the overall achievement of gender parity.”
The event, with a panel session tagged: “Breaking New Frontiers”, focused on how women could pioneer new industries, re-invent themselves and stay consistent in their efforts to achieving their goals.
A total of 100 women whose businesses and initiatives are affecting positively the lives of women and girls were also recognized and awarded.
“The gender differences in participation rates in labour markets have narrowed significantly in recent times.”
The female labour force participation rate today is higher compared to what it was some decades ago.
“It is therefore safe to say that women have become an important segment for every sector to target including insurance and other non-banking financial sectors,” Mrs. Adebisi stated.
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