Access Bank empowers women with career advancement product
Access Bank Plc, is empowering women in the workplace through the Access Women Network (AWN). The network is one of the three-pronged approaches it is using to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
The Access Women Network (AWN) is one of the largest female networks in Nigeria with members across 12 African countries.
According to the bank, the network was established to support, develop, empower, promote and retain female employees in Access Bank.
Amongst other things, AWN provides an avenue for women to network and build relationships for career advancement. It also fosters collaborative thinking for the Access woman alongside colleagues across the industry in other sectors.
In addition, it provides a platform for women to gain inspiration and learning from role models via mentorship programs and deal well with job stressors.
“The product provides women with learning and development tools and techniques, insight and advice for personal development and leadership roles , recognizes amazing talent, achievements, diversity and contribution of women in business and strengthens gender diversity across sectors.”
The bank said AWN has increased its efforts to ensure that women across the Access Bank Group are actively engaged in community focused programs, lending their skills and resources to support the less privileged over the years.
“ For instance, AWN has implemented various initiatives including project ‘Make a Family Happy’, which raised funds to feed 500 families in the face of COVID-19 pandemic and Free Breast Cancer Screening for AWN Members at selected locations,.
Another initiative implemented through AWN is Zaron Virtual Experience with AWN, free online makeup training, and the ongoing partnership with Genesis House to support vulnerable young women who have been sexually abused, exploited and trafficked.
Additionally, AWN has organised various webinars, seminars and workshops aimed at empowering women and also has the very active AWN Toastmasters Club.
AWN is the support network especially to all female employees of Access Bank, ensuring gender equality through policies and programs focusing on issues such as harassment, paternity leave, 6 months’ maternity leave as well as mentoring and leadership programs.
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