Standard Chartered Empowers Girls on International Women’s Day

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Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, in collaboration with BRAC, marked International Women’s Day by celebrating the achievements of 50 girls participating in the Goal girls program.

The event, named “A Conversation with the Goal Girls,” focused on the theme of “Turning Passion into Success.”

At the Mentor’s Den event, part of the Goal project aimed at empowering adolescent girls, participants engaged in small group sessions led by Standard Chartered volunteers.

These sessions aimed to provide guidance and support to young women as they navigate the challenges of starting microbusinesses in various trades, including bakery, tailoring, and salons. The goal is to foster entrepreneurship and equip beneficiaries with the skills needed for success.

Margaret Kigozi, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand, and Marketing at Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, emphasised the bank’s commitment to inclusivity, stating, “As Standard Chartered, a culture of inclusion is a critical lever to our business success and any business for that matter.”

Kigozi highlighted the importance of creating an inclusive workplace culture, which has been reflected in the bank’s efforts to support female employees through initiatives such as medical coverage for menopause-related symptoms, hybrid working arrangements, and enhanced parental leave benefits.

Kigozi further explained the rationale behind supporting the Goal girls program, citing the challenges faced by women and girls in Ugandan society, including limited educational opportunities and greater risks of gender-based violence and economic exploitation. Standard Chartered believes that investing in girls can lead to increased prosperity and diversity, as empowering them to shape their own futures has a positive ripple effect on communities and societies.

The Goal project, initiated by BRAC and supported by Standard Chartered Bank Uganda through its Futuremakers program, has impacted the lives of over 60,000 adolescent girls in rural and urban communities across seven districts. Through sports and life skills education, the project aims to equip girls with financial education and life skills, enabling them to play active leadership roles in their families and communities.

The celebration of International Women’s Day with the Goal girls underscores Standard Chartered’s commitment to promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls to realise their full potential.

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