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WIMBIZ urges women to push beyond society-imposed stereotypes

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
26 March 2022   |   3:55 am
AS part of the activities to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD), the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) recently held its hybrid event in three physical locations...

Founder and Transition Committee Member, WIMBIZ, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo (right); Transition Committee Member, Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo; Guest, Ryan Bertrand; President, Kingsarch Global Executive Coaching/Consult, Leticia Bertrand and Chief Executive, Boxes and Basket Ltd, Sheffy Kolade at the WIMBIZ International Women’s Day celebration in Lagos. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

AS part of the activities to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD), the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) recently held its hybrid event in three physical locations – Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, where it urged the women to push beyond society-imposed stereotypes and maximise their potential in life.

The event, which ran simultaneously, drew women from all walks of life including female leaders, storytellers and entertainers among others to witness an opportunity to network with one another.

Accordingly, the occasion is the latest in a lineup of WIMBIZ’s initiatives to inspire, which is one of the organisation’s four core pillars, as it stirs women to achieve professional development and accomplish entrepreneurial exploits.

Themed ‘Break the Bias,’ the Executive Director, WIMBIZ, Mrs. Hansatu Adegbite, encouraged women to pursue their dreams, urging the women not to give up on their dreams for any reason.

She said, “If you have a focus, just keep going until you get there. We have too many success stories of women who have broken the barriers and I’m one of them.”

She also emphasised the importance of gender bills and political participation by women.

However, a noteworthy highlight during the event was the announcement of WIMBIZ’s ongoing transition plan to hand over power to a new Board set up by the transition committee after 20 years of founders’ leadership.

WIMBIZ Transition Committee Lead, Ms. Toyin Olawoye, said the transition is about sustainability as the organisation looks for its future sustainability.

She said, “As we look to the future, WIMBIZ has to be nimble and adaptable, and remain relevant. We are streamlining our governance structure, strengthening the base and our headquarters. We are also reducing the number of committees while still encouraging active participation from our volunteers.”

Among those inspiring women to push beyond society-imposed stereotypes and maximise their potential in life include former Director, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka; CEO, Boxes and Baskets Limited Sheffy Kolade; Managing Director, ARM Investments Kai Orga, and President, Kingsarch Global, Leticia Bertrand.