Safaricom, Mowgli partner to promote gender equality

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Safaricom has partnered with Mowgli Mentoring to bring corporate mentoring into the organisation even as the telco looks to increase female representation within its management. 

The partnership, which blends in with Safaricom’s inclusivity and diversity objective, is set to empower women leaders across senior and middle management levels.

The telco is committed to maintaining gender diversity and the programme is part of the service provider’s Women in Leadership initiative that seeks to grow the number of women in leadership positions within the organisation.

“As we strive to achieve our gender diversity agenda, one challenge is to deal with a leaking talent pipeline. We continue to challenge ourselves to establish sustainable ways of addressing existing talent gaps and through this programme, we aim to equip our talent with the mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets to succeed,” said Paul Kasimu, Chief Human Resources Officer, Safaricom.

While Safaricom has attained 50:50 gender representation across the entire workforce, the percentage of women in Senior Management roles currently stands at 35% and through the mentorship programme, Safaricom seeks to grow this percentage to 40% by 2025 through creating a pool of talent ready to assume leadership roles.

 “Within this programme, we supported mentees to explore ideas, gain clarity of their goals and take steps towards them, build their confidence, communicate more effectively, increase efficiencies within their departments, and rise through the ranks,” Said Kathleen Bury, Chief Executive Officer, Mowgli

The Safaricom Mentoring Programs will see Mowgli Mentoring train 15 female Safaricom leaders, who have the business and technical expertise and experience, in the skill and art of personal mentoring so that they develop as impactful mentors.

Mowgli Mentoring has successfully built a case for 360 degree mentoring as a vital and cost effective tool of developing human capital to increase economic growth, drive social change, business performance for organizational development and personal fulfillment.

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