A release signed by Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of the company, said MTN acknowledges with pride the efforts of all its female employees who continue to work hard to provide quality network services, products and services to customers and help drive Ghana’s digital agenda.
The release said to celebrate the occasion, MTN is organizing a workshop to discuss “Employee wellness and mental health” on March 8.
It said an interactive session dubbed “Mmbaa Nkormo” will also be organized with a panel of MTN female employees with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
The release said this will focus on work and life adjustment for women in the corporate setting and how productivity, work and life balance can be attained.
It said Ericsson, a technology partner of MTN, is also organizing a motivational session for 15 top performing female engineering students from the University of Ghana, Ghana Telecoms institution and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The release said the main speaker for the Ericsson session is Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN.
Commenting on the celebration, Mrs Cynthia Lumor said “the theme for this year’s celebration is a call to action in the women empowerment agenda. We each have a role to play to ‘step it up for gender equality.’ As a company that has integrity as one of its core values, MTN places great importance on creating equality for all. The Company’s special focus on the development of women is evidenced in the number of positions occupied by women in executive and senior leadership positions, both in MTN Ghana and MTN Group. We are adopting a renewed focus on gender equality that will help us identify and close gender equality gaps.”
Mrs Lumor commended all women whose hard work, dedication and sacrifices have contributed to business sustainability, improved healthcare and education, child safety, and other achievements.
She also used the opportunity to congratulate the ultimate 2016 MTN Hero of Change, Madam Paulina Opei, for brightening many lives through her selfless devotion to saving and transforming the lives of hundreds of motherless children.
The release said through the MTN Ghana Foundation Economic Empowerment portfolio, MTN has embarked on initiatives aimed at empowering women in rural communities across Ghana.
It said the Foundation has provided capacity training and seed capital for several women groups, including the Tizaa Dini Women in Shea Butter and the Sung Suma Women in Shea Butter in Upper West region.
The release said the MTN Ghana Foundation also places particular focus on maternal healthcare and the general wellbeing of women and has commissioned several projects aimed at improving maternal and child mortality.
It said these include a 40-bed Neonatal Center for the Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region, and a 20-bed maternity block, fully furnished with medical equipment and furniture for the Ejisu Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region.
The release said the MTN Ghana Foundation refurbished the maternal blocks of Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital in the Western Region and the second floor Maternity Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Greater Accra.
It said MTN Ghana pledges to continue to work to create parity for all and create opportunities that will empower more women.