KWFT is delighted to have attended the successful annual Ring the Bell ceremony in honor of celebrating the International Women’s Day which was held yesterday 8th March 2022 at the Pride Inn Azure Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi.
As a current trend, the Stock Exchanges around the world are hosting a bell-ringing ceremony to raise awareness for gender equality.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) worked alongside the UN Global Compact, UN Women and International Finance Corporation (IFC) for the 8th consecutive year to organize the initiative. This year’s theme was “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. The celebration aims at recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
The event was well attended by esteemed players in both the government and the private sectors, they included: Hon. Keriako Tobiko, CS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Geoffrey Odundo – Chief Executive – Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), Ms. Judy Njino -Executive Director – Global Compact Network Kenya, Ms. Rose Lumumba – Manager – IFC Kenya, Ms. Rukaya Mohammed, Country Deputy Representative, UN Women, and other Key Stakeholders.
KWFT was delighted to receive a cordial invitation to give a key address, where the KWFT Managing Director, Mr. Mwangi Githaiga highlighted KWFT’s milestones achieved towards Women Empowerment based on the seven principles, this culminated into KWFT officially signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and witnessed by the esteemed dignitaries, making KWFT the only women’s bank in Africa to be a signatory. This was a hallmark of KWFT’s commitment to promoting gender equality.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) was established by UN Global Compact and UN Women to offer guidance to company’s on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
In addition, KWFT’s Managing Director, Mr. Mwangi Githaiga was also a key participant in a panel discussion where they discussed imperative matters on promoting gender equality and improving access to finance and market.
This event fortified the pivotal role that KWFT plays in supporting women to achieve the Sustainable Development.