What are the reasons for your engagement with Women In Africa ?
As a global company and specifically in Africa we are driving many initiatives supporting the development of our women and creating new opportunities of diversity and inclusion, and by engaging with Women in Africa Summit we want to share with – and learn from other leaders in the fields- both women and men facilitating women’s development, the different projects and ideas we are running and see how DHL as a group can support the women in Africa.
How does DHL contribute to African development and particularly to women empowerment?
Corporate responsibility is absolutely integral to our strategy of connecting people and improving lives. We constantly run multiple CSR projects like GoGreen the environmental and climate protection program to achieve zero emission by 2050, GoTeach to improve employability of young people, and GoHelp providing the United Nations with access to our core competency in logistics and our global Network.
We sponsor many NGOs and students’ organizations, our agents are internally certified to run the CSR projects and the measurement of the impact is part of our vision.
For women’s empowerment, we have it as a focus for years now and we run different projects for women in DHL, conferences to empower their leadership skills, promote all open opportunities to have better diversity in the region, and now it is the time for women to grow within our structure.
If you could send a message to send to the women transforming the continent and who are the future of Africa what would it be?
Step forward, take the lead it’s time to take it to the next level.
For Maureen Adibuah “…Diversity is the key to any successful organization and we African women should take the bull by the horn.” In its 3rdannual edition WiA summit 2019 presented a successful opportunity to network with people from all over the world, experience diversity, be inspired and dare to grow as a woman. Maureen added ‘African women must learn to innovate and stop begging’. “LET’S TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL” – Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager DHL Nigeria
A long way to walk
Attending this summit was a great experience for our women, each one took a learning back to her country and reminded them of the long way to take, as Maureen stated “it was an amazing experience and reminded me of the journey ahead as my destination appears to be far”
A long way that can be achieved with established support from men and women supporting other women as Neide added “…on the other hand there is a long way to walk and we need women that support other women, same way we need men that allow women to grow […] the change starts with each one of us”.
Full potential requires taking the initiative and action as a woman, it’s time to be an actor and stop being a spectator, Veronique Epangue commented “African women shouldn’t stay back rather they should take a step forward or move forward and participate in all domains and aspect in our present society, a woman today is considered as a mother of humanity and therefore can break through all holdups”. – Véronique Epangue, head of sales DHL Cameroon
What has stayed with you from WIA Summit experience?
Attending WIA Summit Neide Tsenane said ”It was a fantastic experience being around women doing amazing things across Africa and the world; WIA Summit an avenue for networking, sharing knowledge and experiences”
– Neide Tsenane, Sales manager DHL Mozambique