According to a World Bank report, Nigerian women account for about 42% of the total labour force. This number has reduced gradually from the peak of 43% in 2004. This is due to the pressure for women to manage the homefront in addition to the limited level of education that they are exposed to. This under-representation is also reflected in owner-businesses as fewer women account for business owners.
Statistics show that pressure to manage the home, lack of business knowledge, fear of exploring uncharted areas, risk aversion and limitation in accessing capital are a few of the prevailing limitations for women business –owners. However, a World Bank report states that promoting women’s access to gainful employment can unleash a strong force for innovation, productivity, and economic growth in any country.
This year, the Bank of Industry seeks to empower women entrepreneurs through its International Women’s Day Programme. With a charge to “Be Bold for Change”, BOI is gathering notable Nigerians like:
- Kofo Akinkugbe (Founder/CEO SECURE ID)
- Affiong Williams ( Founder/CEO Reel Fruit)
- Bolanle Austeen – Peters (Founder/CEO Terraculture)
- Wasiu Taiwo (CEO Wessy Creations)
- Pamela Ajayi (CEO Pathcare Laboratories)
Who have dared to succeed despite challenges in the Nigerian economy. These women will share their experiences in their various journeys to success in the hope that they will empower other women with the tools required to take that bold step in their business aspirations.
The session, which will also serve as a networking platform, will expose the audience to BOI’s array of products specifically targeted at women.
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.
Venue: Wheatbaker Hotel, 4 Onitolo (Lawrence) Road, Ikoyi Lagos.