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Women can lead

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we would like to acknowledge women from all around the world who through courage and determination are making an impact on our society.

It is pleasing to see the number of women in senior management positions is increasing. On 24 February 2021, the BBC reported that the number of women on UK boards rose by 50% from 682 to 1,026 in five years. We hope an upward trend continues globally.

In keeping with the theme for this year; #Choose to Challenge, we at OVAC Group would like pay tribute to women who have taken on the challenge to hold leadership positions in recent months.

Kamala Harris – elected 49th Vice President of the United States of America in January 2021, the highest woman held ranking position in US history. She was the first Black woman to be elected District Attorney of San Francisco where she served from 2004 to 2010. From 2011 to 2017, Kamala was attorney general of California - becoming the first woman, and the first Black and South Asian American, to serve as California's Attorney General.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), who will assume her position in March 2021. She was the first woman to serve as the Minister of Finance in Nigeria (2003 – 2006 and 2011-2015). For 25 years, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala worked as a development economist at the World bank, rising to the position of managing director. Ngozi’s journey is an inspiration to women all over the world.

Bina Mehta and Mary O’Connor – respectively Acting Chair and Acting Senior Partner of KPMG UK since February 2021 are the first female leaders in its 150-year history. The Board now consists of six women and four men.

Amanda Obidike - Top 100 Leading Ladies in Africa 2020. Amanda is the Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa, a role that provides leadership, strategy management and oversees the design and implementation of sustainable Community projects and STEM Education across 17 Sub-Saharan countries by preparing the next generation of Africans with STEM lucrative skills for Africa’s workforce.

Folorunso Alakija - renowned billionaire businesswoman in Nigeria. For many years, she has been holding multiple leadership roles as the Executive Chairman of Famafa Oil Limited, and Group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group, which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited. Folorunso Alakija represents an inspiring profile of women in Nigeria.

We, at the OVAC Group, are also an example of a women-led successful business that will continue to support and create an environment for gender equality and empowerment in the workplace.

We thank all women for their contributions to the world in whatever spheres of society they occupy, and we will leave you with the words of Serena Williams: “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We are strongest when we cheer each other.’

Happy Women’s Day 2021!


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