As part of its efforts to achieve its vision of making sustainable living commonplace through social inclusion, Unilever Nigeria has partnered with Lafarge Africa Plc. and Access Bank to launch an independent non-partisan organisation, Women in Manufacturing in Africa (WIM Africa) in Lagos.
Speaking at the launch, the Executive Vice President Unilever Nigeria and Ghana Yaw Nsarkoh said, “Africa stands to benefit tremendously if more women are empowered to hold leadership positions in manufacturing and other sectors. The manufacturing sector offers opportunities for women to make their contributions to its development and the continent as a whole.”
Yaw Nsarkoh further said that, resilience, enterprising, innovation and passion are words that describe the African woman. “Joining our partners, we hope to use the platform of WIM Africa to inspire, mentor and motivate younger women to take interest in the manufacturing sector where opportunities abound for them to achieve their full potential.” He said.
Ogun state Commissioner for Agriculture Mrs. AdepejuAdebajo who pioneered the idea while she was Managing Director at Lafarge Africa Plc said, WIM Africa will motivate women to grow, learn, share and inspire each other for the growth of the manufacturing sector.
On his part, the Country CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc Mr Michel Puchercos said that women, if thoroughly empowered could potentially become the engine room of production for any society. He said Africa should take advantage of its huge young female population to advance the cause of manufacturing on the continent.
The organisation believes that while cultural biases and misconceptions have been driven by both men and women, the onus is on women to challenge the status quo through consistent excellence in their chosen fields.
WIM Africa hopes to inspire and attract more women to the manufacturing sector through advocacy, mentorship and direct support for worthy causes and initiatives.