The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have called for a total end to gender inequality and discrimination against women in leadership and the workplace.

The advocacy came Tuesday at the 2022 Disco for Women conference, held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, and caught more than 250 female participants in the state’s 20 local government areas.

The conference, themed ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Optimizing Career Opportunities’, focused on increasing women’s representation and participation in leadership roles in various professions and reducing the gender gap in every aspect of society.

Angela Olanrewaju, Head of Branding and Corporate Communication for IBEDC, explained that the program focused on creating opportunities for women who have broken the barriers in their careers to help younger women find their way, especially in male-dominated professions.

Olanrenwaju added that IBEDC deemed it appropriate to join other voices in raising the flag against inequality against women and women in various organizations and other parts of society.

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She revealed: “In 2015, USAID/IBEDC signed an MOU on developing utilities. The USAID-Engendering Utilities program provides a strong platform to bring in the needed diversity needed to recruit, train, and empower more women into the IBEDC workforce, ultimately impacting our bottom line and the bottom line. value for stakeholders.”

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While they insisted that women should be encouraged and empowered to give the best in their chosen careers.

She said: “IBEDC is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring equal opportunities, fair treatment, dignity, work-life balance and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the workplace for all employees and job applicants.”

The keynote speaker, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, described the ‘glass ceiling’ as a barrier that prevents Nigerian women from achieving higher levels of professional and leadership success.

She lamented that despite the great potential they hold, women are always relegated and marginalized in their various professions.

The implication of this, de Iyalode said, has hurt several organizations, businesses and the growth and development of the country.

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“The glass ceiling harms companies, organizations and society as a whole by limiting diversity. It creates a lack of representation for women and other minorities in leadership or decision-making and leadership positions.”

She told participants to strengthen their network of peers and participate in bias and stereotype training.

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IBEDC, USAID striving to end discrimination, gender inequality against women in leadership, employment

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