Telecom believes in empowerment
Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula, said the financial sponsorship of over N$207,000 is in line with its continuing support of initiatives that sustain community development, a core component of the company’s corporate social responsibility mandate in order to contribute positively through active participation in the growth and development of the country.
Angula said Telecom Namibia’s support for these women initiatives further enhances the company’s already strong position in Namibian society and demonstrates its support to enhance women’s capacity and empower them to fully participate in the social and economic spheres of society.
“Though women need capital for their businesses, it is important to empower them through skills training and mentoring programmes for by doing so they will be able to face their day to day challenges in their life and the community they live with,” Angula said.
He said that part of the funds will be used to host the upcoming Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Award slated for later this year. The initiative is a unique programme which recognises the work of high achieving women across a variety of fields. “For the past years, the programme has been recognising, rewarding and celebrating the achievements of inspirational Namibian women who have pushed the boundaries and dared to dream.”
This year’s award will be held under the patronage of Nangula Uaandja, winner of the Businesswomen of the Year 2010 award, and also Managing Partner and Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia. Other activities to be funded under the sponsorship are the popular Northern Businesswomen Conference slated for August this year in Ongwediva, as well as the Katuka Mentorship Programme that kicked off two weeks ago with 40 mentees and mentors.
Over and above the sponsorship, Angula said that Telecom has committed itself to provide a bursary each year towards the education of a deserving female to study at a recognised institution as a way of empowering women to take up positions of responsibility in society. “At Telecom Namibia, our belief regarding the empowerment of women is simple: stronger women make stronger communities. We understand that creating economic opportunities for women is one of the wisest investments we can make because women take their successes and generate further growth and advancement for their families, communities, professions, and businesses. Investing in expanded economic opportunities for women carries a powerful multiplier effect that benefits all of society,” he said.
The screening and selection process for the bursary fund will still be done by the Selection Committee chaired by Prof Agnes van Dyk. The only change is that this will now be known as the Telecom Namibian Businesswomen Bursary Fund,” Angula explained.