A study conducted by the World Bank Group reports that global wealth would increase by US$23 620 per person, on average, in the 141 countries studied – for a total of US$160 trillion, if women earned the same over their lifetimes as men.A clear link exists between empowering women and reducing economic inequality for all.
Our commitment to gender diversity in the sphere of technology remains a key area of focus. Our outreach programmes in schools and on campuses encourage girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. We achieved a presence in 50 high schools in the past year, reaching approximately 2,000 girls, and organised career talks at universities and colleges.
Our Safaricom Women in Technology (WIT) programme is an initiative dedicated to inspiring women to advance their STEM careers through internships, mentorship culture and coaching programmes. In FY19, the proportion of women in our technology division is 22 per cent and we are targeting to hit 25 per cent by the end of FY20.