As part of the activities to mark the international women’s day, Microsoft Nigeria launched the ‘women in Microsoft’. The goal is to support women in order for them to make impact and bring the Microsoft mission to life which is centred on every individual and organization on the planet.
Speaking at the event, the MD of Genevieve Magazine, Mrs. Betty Irabor who was the keynote speaker encouraged women to embrace their essence and always find strength in their vulnerabilities.
The event had men and women from all of walks of life in attendance. They had the opportunity to see life in a new light and, see possibilities in impossibilities. Speaking exclusively to Genevieve Magazine, the solution self director for Microsoft Nigeria and the leader of the women in Microsoft initiative, Mrs Ola Williams explained that the event is basically about attracting, retaining, and developing female employee, by catching the young talents and encouraging females to come into the technology profession.
Explaining the excitement that this programme brings, the Philanthropist leader Olusola Amusan added that the initiative is aimed at mentoring girls, inspiring young women and imparting the society in ways that have never been imagined.
While highlighting the highpoint of the initiative as promoting diversity, inclusion, and the upliftment and empowerment of women globally, the human resources director Deji Ajibola revealed that the initiative spreads across work culture where women will have up to five months as maternity leave in the workplace over the labour law provision of three months. In another development, she explained that women also get the right support they need through mentorship, encouragement and equality, starting from the recruitment and selection process for job vacancies down to becoming full time employees.
While celebrating the day with good music in a cozy environment, one of the attendees of the event, Sunmi Ochuba commended the effort of the keynote speaker describing her story as inspiring; ‘I think it was really inspiring because it’s easy for one to forget the failures when success is what we see; I feel like it helped me realise that while she’s a strong woman, she also had her weak days, and from that she has grown and it has moulded her to be able to achieve so much more. I feel like we shouldn’t despise the days of our humble beginnings which she actually said because there is so much we learn, she concluded.