P&G drives gender equality in Nigeria

To promote gender equality and thought-provoking conversations to bring about an equal future for all, leading consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble Nigeria has, in strategic partnership with UN Women, hosted its flagship Gender Equality summit.
The Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Nigeria, Mr. Adil Farhat, announced that P&G Nigeria 2021 gender equality declarations includes the introduction of ‘Share the Care’ policy which grants parental leave of 8 weeks for all new biological or adoptive parents and 6-month maternity leave for birth mothers.
Mr. Farhat also mentioned that P&G will educate more than 50,000 adolescent girls on puberty and menstrual hygiene over the next three years in Nigeria through its Always Keeping Girls in School (AKGIS) programme which will also provide a year supply of sanitary pads so that they can commit to their education and their future.
“P&G will also double its target spend on women-owned businesses over the next 3years and its mini MBA will reach over 50 women business owners over the same period. The firm will also maintain a 50-50 gender balance across our management workforce in Nigeria,” he said.
Adil Farhat reiterated the company’s commitment to driving gender equality in Nigeria and how P&G has been at the forefront of gender inclusion.
“At P&G, gender equality remains one of our sustainability foci. Beyond this, we have ensured that we practice and enforce this principle in our workplace. As a company in Nigeria, we have ensured 50% female representation at managerial levels and over 98 percent of our employees are local talent,” Adil added.
The UN Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Comfort Laptey stated that IWD presents a unique opportunity for women to take stock of their demands for equality, development and peace while reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the girl child.
She said: “As estimated, the 18 million female learners across primary, secondary and tertiary education have been affected by the school closure. This is deeply concerning for the future of girl’s education in communities where their enrolment was already low.”
P&G is advancing gender equality through various initiatives region-wide as part of its ongoing commitment to equality and inclusion and is part of the company’s efforts to deliver ‘2,021 Acts of Good in 2021.


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