Vodafone picks five awards for leading gender diversity agenda in Ghana

Accra,- Vodafone Ghana has topped the list of winners at the Instinct Women Excellence Awards, with five prestigious awards including; the Gender-Oriented Company of the Year.

Vodafone was celebrated for leading the diversity and equality agenda in Ghana with its various initiatives.

Vodafone’s female executives also received various awards for their excellence and leadership in various fields, as well as their contribution and commitment to the cause of ensuring equal opportunity, empowerment, and adequate representation of women.

Ms Ashiokai Akrong, Vodafone’s Human Resource Director, won the Outstanding Contribution to Human Resource award and the Director of Vodafone Business, Tawa Bolarin, was honoured as the Outstanding Woman in Telecom Enterprise.

Mrs Geta Striggner-Quartey, the Director in charge of Legal and External Affairs, was honoured for her leadership in Sustainability and Charitable Giving; and the Director of Digital Transformation and Commercial Operations, Mrs Angela Mensah-Poku, won the award for Excellence in Digital Innovation.

The telecommunications giant’s passion and relentless commitment to championing this agenda was unquestionable as the brand and its leadership were deliberate and consistent in their approach to gender issues, a statement from Vodafone Ghana and copied to the Ghana News Agency said.

Besides leading the clarion call for gender-balance and diversity, Vodafone exemplified gender inclusivity through its actions and policies, it added.

In line with its commitment to help increase female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programmes and careers, Vodafone had various initiatives that offer experiential training in coding, robotics, and many information communication technologies (ICT) models annually for girls, from the basic to the tertiary level of education.

Vodafone Ghana also gives brilliant girls perusing engineering at the university level, the opportunity to have their internships and job opportunities with the organisation via its Female Engineering Student Sponsorship Programme.

Vodafone’s female executives, the statement said, were living the examples of “girls supporting girls to succeed”.

In addition to organising mentoring sessions to encourage and guide young girls to aspire for greatness, the female leadership had taken mentorship a notch-higher by scheduling one-on-ones with female mentees, whose growth and performance were tracked and assessed periodically.

Under female rights, protection and support, the statement noted that Vodafone had taken an interest in domestic violence and continued to support survivors of domestic violence through the Ark Foundation.

Last year, Vodafone donated cash and essential office resources to the regional offices of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit in Takoradi (Western Region), Koforidua (Eastern Region), Kumasi (Ashanti Region) and Tamale (Northern Region).

The Instinct Woman Excellence Awards is a prestigious award that celebrates the achievements of women in business, finance, sport, entertainment, media, arts, culture, philanthropic and visionary fields in Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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