Speakers at an event organised by PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day espoused ways gender parity could be achieved. The event which took place at Ilupeju, Lagos, called for full commitment for the advancement of affirmative action as a panacea for an all-inclusive development as enshrined in SDG 5.
In his opening speech at the occasion, the CEO, PZ Cussons, Christos Giannopoulos said that PZ Cussons is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are opened to all irrespective of their gender. He reminded the audience that the Global Chairperson of PZ Cussons is a lady, adding that “as a company dealing in beauty care and household products, women in the company have made immense contribution in providing consumer insights and crafting winning marketing strategies.”
In her speech at the occasion, the Key Guest Speaker, Dr. Nike Akande, described women as the foundation of any society and called for action to accelerate gender parity. She said: “Currently inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social and economic programme.” She buttressed her assertion with a statistics that ‘in 2014, 143 countries have guaranteed equality between men and women in their constitutions, while 52 are yet to take this step.
“Women should endeavour to support women for this mission to be accomplished, while government on its part needs to come up with more legislation to address these issues.”
In her closing remarks, the convener of the event, Executive Director, Human Resources and Admin, Ms Joyce Folake Coker, said the company decided to join the global community to celebrate the event as part of their responsibility in setting and driving forward the momentum towards achieving a more gender-balanced and enabling workplace. “For a long time, PZ Cussons Nigeria prides itself as company with a number of women on its Board and have women in both senior managerial and other positions,” she added