Stanchart Bank prepares young girls for job market
The Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing for Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC, Asiedua Addae, has encouraged young girls to remain steadfast and focused as they position themselves for a better future.
“Every one of us is unique and has huge potential. Life can be challenging but that should not stop you from dreaming and pursuing your goals. Keep your focus and do not get distracted,” she said.
Ms Addae gave the advise at a Standard Chartered Bank Ghana mentorship programme for girls.
The bank organised a summit to empower young girls as part of the it’s initiative to develop their skills in all aspects.
Organised to coincide with the International Day of the Girl, the summit was also meant to provide guidance and help the girls explore career options, develop essential skills and navigate potential challenges they may face.
About 100 selected girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from five schools including Accra High School and Methodist Girls High School were taken through insightful discussions on career selection and building, entrepreneurship, mastering one’s act and craft, leveraging available opportunities to add value to oneself as well as building resilience to break the glass ceiling and to progress in any given field.
Ms Addae explained that the summit was in line with the bank’s community engagement initiative, ‘Futuremakers’, which seeks to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people by empowering the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
“As an organisation championing diversity, we want to encourage young girls to be able to take up professions in any field.”
“So, we keep encouraging young girls to look out for their potential and talents as we inspire and empower them to be the best version of themselves,” Ms Addae said.
Some speakers at the summit who are accomplished young women from diverse sectors include a Petroleum Geologist, Martha Ama Ofoli; the Country Manager of Denk Pharma, Naa Okailey Adamafio-Manteau; a Digital Marketer, Alice Mensah and Squadron Leader (Ghana Airforce), Ama Serwah.
They inspired the girls by sharing their career journeys and encouraged them to strive hard, study and realise their full potential.
Female entrepreneurs from the bank’s Women in Technology programme, Autism Ambassador, Alice Mamaga; founder of Virtutor Online, Laura Pepera and Natalie Fordwor of WonderSpaced also took their turn to share their entrepreneurial journey and encouraged the girls to venture into that sector as well.
International Day of the Girl Child
International Day of the Girl Child, which is an international observance day declared by the United Nations (UN), highlights the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.