Women and the roles they play in the society have been evolving in a lot of way. The International Women’s Day is one of the key drivers of this evolutions. It is a day commemorated globally to reflect on progress made on women’s rights as well as celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women around the world. Across the world, individuals, governments, corporations and institutions are embracing and driving this narrative of gender parity and equality. AXA Mansard is not left out in this course as it demonstrates its purpose to Act for Human Progress by Protecting What Matters, through its Women Initiatives, SHEforShield.
AXA Mansard SHEforShield Initiative is a group of initiatives by AXA Mansard targeted at the Nigerian woman and dedicated to the mission to enable women grow, add value to their lives, and to mitigate risks every step of the way. Under this initiative, there are four programs through which AXA Mansard inspires and empowers the Nigerian Women.
- She’s In Charge: A Community of Women designed to inspire and empower members with skills required to make changes across social, professional, and economic boundaries. Monthly, AXA assembles leading women from various facets of life to lead discussion and share their stories with other women. The goal of the forum is premised on the fact that; to bridge the gap that has been identified by our research, women need to develop the required skills and leverage one another’s support. Over 500 Women have been impacted by She is Charge Programs in the last 1 year.
- International Women’s Day Conference: As part of its continued commitment to Women and the SME sector in Nigeria, AXA Mansard, provides financial and capacity development support for female SME owners across the country through its yearly IWD conference. The IWD Conference is capacity development conference organized by SME 100 Africa in collaboration with AXA Mansard to support young African entrepreneurs along their journey towards professional success. An SME Business pitch competition, which also happens on the sideline of the conference, is held to support a growing female-owned business yearly with a sum of N1,000,000.
- Educate HER: “Educate HER” is designed to reduce gender disparity in education and inspire young girls to want to achieve educational success. Also, it looks to support and connect with girls and women who doubt their abilities to achieve and are need support and mentorship. Educate Her encourages females to go into ‘male-dominated’ fields and succeed.
- Rescue HER: An initiative that seeks to rescue the Nigerian woman against Gender-based violence and rape in Nigeria. AXA seeks to drive this initiative by educating women about gender-based violence and help rehabilitate women who have been victims.
Many more initiatives are set to be launched in 2022 as AXA Mansard continues to explore ways to support, protect and empower women to be best they can be, irrespective of the various biases against them.
AXA Mansard wishes all women around the world a Happy International Women’s Day.
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