MTN Rwanda Commits to Support and Promote Women in ICT
MTN Rwanda has commended the efforts of all female employees and women in Rwanda who continue to work hard to bring economic, political and social achievements to the forefront and help drive the country's development. In recognition of Rwandan Women, MTN on Tuesday 8th March 2016, held a special Women’s Day discussion under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”
Speaking at the event held at MTN Headquarters in Nyarutarama, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, Mary Asiimwe said, “This year, as the rest of the world celebrates the annual International Women’s Day, we felt it befitting to invite both female and male leaders from different spheres to engage in a discussion with MTN staff and in so doing, act as positive influencers.”
Different gender equality stakeholders in business and government shared their ideas with the rest of the women with the aim of creating more awareness on the issue of gender equality and re-commit to move the yardstick higher for national development support. These included the Parliament Representative Hon. Tengera Francesca, National Police Representatives ACP Badege Theos and The Director of Gender Promotion Goretti Mwenzangu, as well as the Visa Rwanda Country Manager and Women in ICT Network delegate, Lucy Mbabazi.
During this event, MTN recognized and commended its 4 women in the ICT field and also gave its commitment to support and promote Women in ICT, as it has been identified as one of the National Development opportunities in Gender Equality.
Lucy Mbabazi commended how well Rwandan women in ICT have fared over the years and stated the importance of technology and empowering Rwandan women/girls to embrace ICT.
“Women do not have lots of role models in the technology field so we need to set great examples for our children, beginning now.”
ACP Theos Badege gave MTN staff more detail on The Isange One Stop Center located within Kacyiru Police Hospital that is intended to complement national efforts in responding to Gender Based Violence (GBV).
“Not only do we commend all the women in the country for their sacrifices and commitments, but most especially for their investment in pursuing excellence and aiming at being the best in all their endeavours,” Asiimwe concluded.
Since its inception in 1998, MTN Rwanda has created a platform through its wide product range, as well as its services and coverage, which has given women the opportunity to rise and shine in business as well as in the corporate world. Through its leadership position, MTN Rwanda employs and supports close to 80,000 people both directly and indirectly. A large number of these are women that partner with MTN through its Distribution Network, Mobile Money Services and MTN Business partnerships.
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MTN Rwanda (MTN RWANDACELL Ltd) has been in operation since 1998 with over 4 million subscribers and still growing. In its vision of leading the delivery of a bold, new, digital world to customers, the company offers new and innovative packages and services and keeps up with the latest trends in communications to satisfy its customers