On the 5th of July 2021, the Keystone Bank Economic Empowerment Committee was inaugurated by the EXCO of Keystone Bank.
We were given a 3point mandate with which to ensure that our Bank showed exemplary leadership with best practices on gender parity in the workplace and also to showcase our brand as supporting women in the society.
OUR MANDATE is
We hit the ground running with these and began various projects. Our first project was the mental health matters.
Our choice of mental health as a beginning point was data inspired.
Nigeria ranks 15 globally in the number of suicides per year with over 54million of its population dealing with mental health issues with little or no help. A sizable percentage of the 54million are women.
Our program which held virtually on 13th August and 26th November 2021, was insightful about individual mental health issues affecting women; it taught them how to manage and prioritize their mental health, and provided guide on seeking timely help for mental health issues.
The feedback, so far, has been impressive.
Our second project was a visit to Iyaloja General of Lagos state.
In a bid to spearhead our commitment to women empowerment and for women to be more financially included, we took our initiative to the streets, we took it to the market- we took it to the average woman. Hence our meeting with FolashadeTinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja General of Lagos state.
Our discussions centered onhow tofinanciallyinclude women by:
In the Iyaloja we found a listening ear and an eager partner for our project. It is a relationship we intend to harness for our mass market as well.
Data has been the fulcrum of all our projects, and for our third project we decided to shine the spotlight inwards in order to generate relevant data on how the Bank was perceived by its employees on women empowerment- its strengths and areas of improvements.
To this end, a surveywas carried out to feel the pulse of the female staff of the Bank and these are the highlights:
Actually, every one of the concerns raised by our respondents is being treated on its merit and value it portends to the Bank’s employees and by extension, the Bank.
We were able to achieve so much in just over 5months of 2021 because of the outstanding support we received from you, the EXCO, the management and all staff members.
In 2022, we aim to challenge ourselves to greater feats, and this is our outlook.