Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart), in partnership with United Way Ghana – a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), have marked the International Women’s Day (IWD) with ‘Goal’ activities for female pupils from the Kaneshie Bishop 1&2 primary and Junior High School (JHS).
As part of the activities, 22 female staff from StanChart engaged 274 girls from the Upper Primary and Junior High section of the school in ‘Goal’ Games – which is a flagship education programme for future makers by Standard Chartered. This is a global initiative to tackle inequality and promote economic inclusion, through a fun play-based outdoor activity that focuses on ‘goal’ life skills, adding movement, competition and physical activities – including a 2-hour speed-mentoring on money saving, being yourself, being healthy and being empowered.
Speaking to the media, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brands and Marketing – Asiedua Addae, said the bank used the International Women’s Day (IWD) as an opportunity to give back to society what they had received by mentoring the pupils.
“As part of our IWD, what we are doing as employees of Standard Chartered Bank PLC, especially the female employees, is giving back. We know that we have received a lot by way of mentoring. People taking active interest in us to get here and so we are bringing afore the skills that we received in our career journey – the reason we have come out here.
First, to mentor the young ones, to challenge them, especially young ladies who are coming up and help them as they begin to think about their future careers.
We are imparting into these young girls how to be empowered, how to identify abusers, how to be able to speak up if they feel they are in a situation whereby they are harassed. All this is in line with the theme for IWD – ‘Break the Bias’,” Ms. Addae added.
For his part, Executive Director of United Way Ghana – Felix Kissiedu-Addi, said “Women are the backbone of our economy. At United Way Ghana, we believe in creating equal opportunities for everyone especially, for girls and women. We do this by championing interventions that create an enabling environment for girls and women to identify and enhance their skills and talents.
Today, United Way Ghana is honoured to partner Standard Chartered Bank Ghana to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day, as we inspire these young girls to break the bias and achieve success.”