The importance of women in the workplace, and contributing to corporate growth was the emphasis last week, when Stallion Auto Keke Limited, a member of the Stallion Group and sole distributor of Bajaj 3-wheelers and 4-wheelers in Nigeria, celebrated the International Women’s Day (IWD).
At the heart of every International Women’s Day celebration is always the need to empower, sensitize, and celebrate past and present achievements of the women folk. At the same time, motivating them to do more and aspire for more.
“Try to learn and gain more skill sets. The more you learn skill sets as a woman, the more you’ll be able to grow, both in this company and even outside of the company,” said Manish Rohtagi, managing director, Stallion Auto Keke Limited, in a speech. He encouraged females to acquire the required skill set in their respective fields, to ensure that they earn the respect they seek from the society.
This would also complement the company’s desire to train anyone that shows interest in any skill area that speaks to their given field of work.
Rohtagi pointed out that he looks forward to a time when the entire workforce at Von would be 50 percent female.
A panel discussion had one of the four panelists at the event called “Mama Moboj”, said to be the biggest female Keke dealer- of the Bajaj brand. She, as well as the other panelists were of the opinion that breaking the bias starts from the female gender herself, who must be aware that her limitation is the one she sets for herself.
The production facility which is largely a male-dominated work environment because of the nature of its automobile operations, said it was celebrating a significant chunk of its workforce (the females) who have been identified to be breaking the bias and are now being celebrated for it.
Rohtagi’s comment, “it is not true that we pay you salaries. When you work hard, we get our salaries,” was met with excitement from the staff.
Another highlight of the event was the recognition of female employees that had been outstanding in the past one year, with a number of them professing to have ambitions to be mechanics, engineers, etc.