WISCAR enjoins women to inspire next generation
In a bid to inspire and motivate women to tell their stories and aspire for greatness and a successful future, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), an NGO focused on empowering and developing professional women in diverse careers, has successfully organized its 11th Annual Leadership and Mentoring conference centered on the theme: Enriching Lives By Telling Our Own Stories.
The keynote speaker and Distinguished WISCAR Award Recipient, former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, emphasised the importance of role modelling and mentorship by successful women leaders as a gift to the next generation in nation-building. Johnson-Sirleaf stated: “We need to recognize that we are all equal in capacity and ability, whether male or female. When we have equity and equal opportunities, our economy will grow stronger, our society will progress, and our people will be inspired to work to achieve full potential”
She added: “There are still barriers against women that we need to pull down, we must allow the courage of our convictions, passion of our causes and our collective strengths as women to inspire us to be politically involved and to birth more female political leaders. Male and female need to join hands to cause a difference and create a better tomorrow for the next generation.”
WISCAR founder, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, during her address said that this year’s theme fully echoes WISCAR’s exemplarity model. WISCAR has always prized the voices of confirmed successful women as catalysts for the growth and progress of up and coming mentees, treading in the footpaths of those who have gone before us. When they share their stories, they teach the community how to love, how to forgive, how to be fair and just, how to influence policies and how to strive to do better than today.
Oyagbola stated: “Even though progress has been made, women continue to face discrimination on various fronts; society must therefore continue to fight for socio-economic development and for enduring social harmony.”
The Conference also witnessed a panel discussion moderated by Tunji Lardner titled: “Custodians of our own Legacy; the Power of Role-Modelling and Mentorship In Shaping Our Stories”. The panel, which was made up of Ambassador Nozipho January Bardill International Diplomat, Corporate Relations Specialist and Chair, Nelson Mandela University Council; Hadiza Bala Usman Public Administrator and MD NPA; Aishah Ahmad Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Polly Alakija Artist, Author and Chair Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture; and Kofo Akinkugbe Real Sector Entrepreneur and CEO Secure ID Group, stressed the need for Nigerian women to rewrite the narrative by telling their success stories and mentoring other young women to follow the path of success.
The outgoing WISCAR Stream 9 mentees were awarded WISCAR certificates while the incoming stream 10 mentees were recognized. WISCAR was founded to mitigate the under-representation of women in the upper reaches of both corporate and government institutions and has made significant progress having successfully graduated over 300 young professional women who have undertaken the purpose built and intensive 12-month structured WIN with WISCAR mentoring programme.