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Union Bank celebrates International Women Day, unveils alpher mentorship programme  

Nigeria Union Bank recently marked International Women’s Day, reaffirming its commitment   to   women   empowerment   with   the   launch   of   the   Alpher   Mentorship Programme. The Mentorship   Programme   aligns  firmly with  the   global   IWD 2020 theme   –  Each  forEqual,   a   call   for   individuals   to   join   the   push   for   gender   parity   across   the   world.  The Mentorship scheme will provide a platform for young women to be mentored for a year bysuccessful career women within Union Bank.

Speaking   concerning   the   IWD   celebrations   and   the   launch   of   the   Alpher   Mentorship Programme, the Head of Retail Banking and Digital, Lola Cardoso said: “As we join the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, we are especially proud to   unveil   the   Alpher   Mentorship   Programme,   an   initiative   which   will   provide   young women with the support they require to thrive. Through our Alpher proposition, we will continue to support and enable success for women of all backgrounds.”A key part of the event line up was the%one-woman show  Naked,  by  the award-winning actor, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju.

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The play shines the spotlight on the highs, lows, achievements and failures that women are faced with as they strive to forge ahead in life. The   annual   IWD   celebrations   at   Union   Bank   also   coincide   with   the   anniversary   of   its Women   Empowerment   Hub   (Wehub)  –   the   Bank’s   initiative   established   in   2016   as   a platform to motivate, connect and provide support to its women.

At   the   IWD   Celebrations   last   year,   the   Bank   awarded   40   scholarships   to   women entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the  Enterprise & Leadership Program (ELP)organised   by  China   Europe   International   Business   School   (CEIBS)  in   partnership   with Leading Ladies Africa. Union Bank remains committed to women empowerment. Last year, the Bank established an innovation hub for women from low-income communities in partnership with MamaMoniEmpowerment Foundation.

The first set of 60 women recently graduated from the scheme,empowered with life skills to establish and run their own businesses.
The   Bank   also   recently   launched  Alpher,  its   unique   proposition   established   to   ‘enable success’   and   empower   women   across   all   segments   of   the   Nigerian   society   through capacity building  opportunities,   networking platforms,   scholarships   and  tailored financial services for women

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