Stanbic Uganda Child in partnership with Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization that strives to advance the rights of children and girls in particular will be championing the International Day of the Girl scheduled for October 11, 2017.
In preparation for the day, Stanbic bank yesterday “hired” a young girl named Stacia Nampijja from Kazo Church of Uganda Primary School to replace the Stanbic executive director, Patrick Mweheire for a day.
This was intended to empower and show young girls all over the country that they can be just as successful as their male colleagues.
Before handing over his responsibilities to Stacia, Mweheire emphasized the importance of providing mentorship and inspiration to the youth, especially young girls who face multiple challenges as they grow up.
“Despite the gains made over the past two decades, Uganda as a society is still a long way to go towards achieving equality both within and outside the workplace,” he said.
And added; “This intends to amplify girls’ voices to decision makers, private sector, media and the public. We aim to change perceptions about what is possible for girls, and to transform power relations. The takeovers highlight girls’ leadership potential as key social actors in development.”
In her speech as a new Chief Executive, Nampijja also emphasized the importance of providing mentorship to youth, especially girls.
She implored stanbic Bank to take a lead on behalf of private sector in addressing the issues of discrimination at the workplace
She said; “Uganda as a society is still a long way to achieving equality both within & outside the workplace.”
In facilitating such Takeovers, Plan International aims to change perceptions about what is possible for girls.
Ahead of this year’s celebrations, Plan International Uganda and partners are supporting girls to step into leadership shoes.