In Kenya, only a handful of women lead firms listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange while women only occupy 21% of board positions in such corporates according to KIM report on Diversity & Inclusion of July 2017.
Society admires and encourages professional ambition in men but tends to be less enthusiastic when similar ambition is seen in women. Silent questions like whether her marriage is going well, or if her children are getting good parenting cross many people’s minds.
Our market lacks solid data that can be used to amplify and promote women's issues at the workplace for employers to be true partners in providing the right solutions.
The elephant in the room remains equal pay. In Kenya, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report 2017, a Kenyan woman is paid Sh55 for every Sh100 paid to a man for doing a similar job. We need more women in leadership to champion women issues and influence favourable decisions.
The Forum targets women in senior or middle management levels and our past participants have come from the business and NGO sector.
Since its inception in November 2018, over 100 women have attended our forums.
The Forum is structured to hold four forums per year. During each forum, we invite a male guest speaker, usually CEOs or HR Directors to share their perspective on what holds women back at the workplace.
Our past guest speakers have been Fred Gituku Head, Linus Gitahi, Toms Shivo and Martin Kimani.
What attendees had to say:
"VERY INSPIRING, MOTIVATING AND A GOOD FORUM FOR GROWTH AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT"
"AN EYE-OPENER IN TERMS OF CAREER PROGRESSION"
"I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO RISE UP IN MALE-DOMINATED POSITION"
"I HAVE LEARNT TO NEGOTIATE MY SALARY AND SELL MYSELF"
"THANK YOU FOR THE MALE PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE"