On Friday 26th November, African Women on Board (AWB) will host a launch event in Lagos to unveil the organisation’s new global Safety in the Workplace initiative. Staged in partnership with the Faculty of Law of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Association of Company Secretaries and Legal Advisers (ACSLA), and leading law firms and private sector organisations, the event will feature a number of high-profile speakers from the worlds of business, law and politics including Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa – DVC UniLag, Amb. Mary Beth Leonard – US Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe – Chairman, MTN Nigeria, Mr. AsueIghodalo – Chairman, NESG
AWB, a Nigerian-founded global non-profit organisation is dedicated to advancing the cause of African and diaspora women around the world. The organisation’s new programme, Safety in the [Legal] Workplace, has been designed to facilitate systems change directly on the ground. Also a part of this, a dedicated Gender Equity Certification programme will be unveiled – providing assessments, recommendations and trainings – to help organisations and HR/employment practitioners implement safer working environments.
“We’re delighted to welcome such a distinguished line-up of stakeholders from the Nigerian public and private sectors to speak at this important event,” said Nkiru Balonwu, Founder and Co-Chair of African Women on Board. “Most adults spend most of their waking lives at work, but for women in particular, these environments all too often become challenging ones. Issues such as bullying, sexual harassment, emotional and financial abuse, and broader inequality have not gone away and worse still – if left unchecked – such environments can fuel cultures that end up facilitating gender-based violence (GBV).” Yinka Edu of Udoma Udoma and Bello Osagie (UUBO) commended the timing of the initiative which her organisation is pleased to support: “It is significant that AWB is leading the response to Gender-Based Violence during the Commemoration of the 202116 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which has the important theme, End Femicide.”
Rotimi Olusola of Guinness Nigeria PLC/ACSLA said, “I see a strong entry point for catalysing and creating a safe workplace for women to ascend, unhindered by Gender-Based Violence, to the peak of their professions through systems change supported by Company Secretaries and HR professionals”.
The launch event will provide further details on the new initiative, and attendees will receive an exclusive first copy of the AWB Safety in the [Legal] Workplace whitepaper and strategy guide.