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SCB celebrates 100th International Women's Day with a roundtable discussion on 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling'

Mar 18, 2011, 1:37 PM

Standard Chartered Bank Gambia's Diversity and Inclusion Council hosted its female and male staff and top female senior executives of companies, officials, representatives of NGOs, and other experts to a Roundtable Discussion at the Paradise Suites Hotel in commemoration of 100th International Women's Day 2011. 

The roundtable discussions are an occasional series of gatherings which provide an opportunity to deepen collective understanding of diversity and inclusion-related issues and discuss what the private sector can do to maximise the value of diversity and inclusion to the business.  

The topic of discussion during this year's roundtable discussion: BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING, is very important to the Bank. The event's Guest of Honor, Dr Kujaye Manneh Ceesay Director of ActionAid International The Gambia, led the discussion highlighting her strides to becoming one of the dynamic Gambian women to head international organizations in The Gambia.In her statement, Dr Manneh Ceesay, said her determination, perseverance, and zeal to succeed enabled her to "crack the glass ceiling" into the position she holds today.    

Mrs Ida Faye-Hydara Executive Director of Women's Bureau dilated on her achievements, challenges, and superb determination to make a positive impact in the lives of as many women and children as possible. She also drew attention to the importance of the National Women's Federation, and the need for all institutions to set up individual Women's Federations to drive the concerns of their female staff. At this juncture, it was indicated that Standard Chartered Gambia has already set up its own SCB Gambia Women's Wing to advocate for the advancement of the female staff under the leadership of Njaimeh Saine-Njie the Bank's Head, Operational Risk & Investigation.

Commenting, Assanatou Barry-Njie Head of FI and the Bank's Diversity and Inclusion Champion said, "Diversity and Inclusion is a long-term journey. Our approach will be built on valuing the broad range of cultural and personal differences our people offer in line with our strengths-based approach and creating an inclusive environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to maximise their potential and perform to their very best." 

Lizzie Euson-Ibe the Bank's Operational Risk Manager for WB who served as the event's MC showcased a presentation of over 20 women in Standard Chartered Gambia holding senior management positions in the bank. Mrs Ibe also ensured the audiences take the pledge, Each One Help One in order to contribute to the empowerment of our women.   

In her closing remarks, the most senior female staff of Standard Chartered Gambia, Musukebba Ceesay, Chief Information Officer, said Standard Chartered Gambia continues to be trusted and caring, dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which we operate, helping our people to grow, enabling individuals to make a difference and teams to win in order to affirm our brand promise to be Here for Good.