Fidelity Bank celebrates IWD with financial support for women
Fidelity Bank Plc, in partnership with media entrepreneur – Linda Ikeji – celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 with an impressive networking event especially for women to inspire each other, discuss challenges that they face and offer solutions to break down the gender prejudices prevalent in the country.
Apart from celebrating the achievements of Nigerian women in various industries and drawing attention to the issue of gender inequality, the event also served as a platform for the bank to officially launch HerFidelity, its proposition niche for customers.
The proposal boasts of exciting features such as capacity development initiatives, access to funding, recognition and networking events, health and wellness programs, among others, all designed to meet the aspirations of women.
Chief Animator and Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank Plc, Ms. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said: “Despite the challenges women face, we continue to play an important role in the economic, social and cultural development of our communities. Indeed, a recent report by PwC Nigeria indicated that 41% of micro-enterprises in Nigeria are run by women, with over 23 million female entrepreneurs operating in this segment.
“It not only illustrates our drive as women, but also the immense value we bring to the table. Imagine what we could achieve if the little girl had the opportunity she deserved, was encouraged to go to school. school and judged on its skills and not on its complements! The possibilities are endless.” Onyeali-Ikpe has made several corporate social responsibility donations to women-led businesses on behalf of the bank, demonstrating the bank’s unwavering commitment to improving the welfare of women across the country. Speaking on donations, she said: “One of the pillars of HerFidelity is capacity building.
Therefore, we are now sponsoring five women-led businesses with a total sum of N5 million for the training of female apprentices.
“Additionally, we are supporting Dream Catchers Academy for Girls – a free education and performing arts academy for orphaned and underserved girls – with the sum of N10 million for a computer center at the academy as well as year of coding training for girls.
We believe this will go a long way in helping young women who need a helping hand while improving their knowledge in areas of technology. »