The Institute of Bankers (IOB) in Malawi has urged women entrepreneurs and others in various sectors of the economy to take a leading role in contributing towards personal and national economic development.
IOB Chairperson Zandile Shaba made the remarks last week when she opened a two-day virtual Women’s Conference held under the theme ‘Women That Deliver’.
She said women have a key role to contribute towards economic growth in various capacities.
“Throughout history, women have led movements for change at every level and been an integral part of that change – political, economic and social.
“The story of women as change agents is very compelling—one of grit and tenacity of ordinary women who have transformed themselves, their families and their communities, while battling against great odds,” she said.
She advocated high participation of women in key positions of various institutions including in the public service.
IOB Chief Executive Officer Lyness Nkungula rated the conference as ideal for networking among women entrepreneurs and professionals.
She said the conference was meant to teach, encourage and inspire women in various areas.
“Being a month that women are recognised internationally, the banking sector salutes all the women in Malawi, including girls, for the tireless work that they do to uplift their families, communities and workplaces,” Nkungula said.
Speakers at the conference included High Court Judge Fiona Mwale, Plan International Country Director Phoebe Kasonga, Reunion Insurance Chief Executive Officer Dorothy Chapeyama, Kamuzu College of Nursing lecturer Chimwemwe Kwanjo Banda, NBS Bank Chief Finance Officer Vera Zulu, Old Mutual Senior Manager on Africa Marketing Strategy and Planning Linda Poya.
The conference, second of its kind, was set as an opportunity for women to learn from leaders in diverse fields, participate in important discussions, share personal stories, ask meaningful questions, and network with a dynamic community of individuals who want to ignite and inspire the leader inside.