KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
BARCLAYS Bank Zambia managing director Saviour Chibiya says there is need to continue uplifting women in the business and communities aimed at addressing gender disparities.
In a message to commemorate 2016 International Womenâ€™s Day (IWD) which fell yesterday under the theme â€˜Planet 50 -50 by 2030: Step up for Gender Equalityâ€™ Mr Chibiya said management at Barclays remains committed to addressing challenges in the workplace by creating an open forum for people to come up with suggestions on improving gender equality.
â€œAt Barclays, IWD gives us a chance to emphasise our commitment to uplifting women in the work place and communities in which we operate, and appreciate their vital contribution to society,â€ he said.
He said in 2008, Barclays Zambia launched the diversity and inclusion initiative as a way of harnessing the differences of people and creating a productive working environment which accords all colleagues an equal opportunity to aspire, attain and excel in leadership positions.
â€œWe will continue working with our partners to bring awareness on gender parity while uplifting women in the business and our communities as we try to address the concerns throughout society,â€ Mr Chibiya said.
And Barclays Zambia corporate banking director and the first country Champion Banja Kayumba said the commitment in Barclays is to ensure that everyone feels valued and their talent is fully utilised.
â€œHaving a diverse workforce means we can better anticipate and deliver the needs of our customers across our markets while creating an environment that our colleagues can truly perform and be their best in. The commitment in Barclays is to ensure that everyone feels valued and their talent is fully utilisedâ€ she said.
Other commitments being tabled include the enhancement of gender diversity around recruitment, promotion, and improving work-life balance.
In line with the gender theme, the Local Women in Leadership Programme (LWLP) is available within the business to provide support and mentorship to upcoming women who aspire to hold top position.
In support of gender equality, Barclays Zambia launched the United Nations (UN) HeForShe Campaign during the 2015 International Womenâ€™s Day Commemoration.
HeForShe is a UN global campaign to engage 1 billion men in the advancement of womenâ€™s rights. Through this internal campaign, the Bank aims to bring more men into the discussion around gender equality in the workplace and communities.
KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka