“WE are an equal opportunity employer. There is absolutely no gender based limitation to career growth and development in Lafarge. As CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc I see no reason why a woman cannot succeed me. It’s all in your hands.”
Mr. Michel Puchercos , the Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Africa, made the comment while rousing support for women at the 2018 edition of the International Women’s Day event held in Abeokuta, Ogun State .
Purchercos urged everyone to join forces with women, saying the time is right to raise the bar to achieve more and do more.
“This year, the theme #PressForProgress encompasses the push that every woman needs to enable her succeed. It is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive,” Puchercos said.
“As a woman, in the world today, with all the opportunities that exist, you are encouraged to never give up. You are encouraged to continue to press and push to achieve the progress and outcomes you desire.”
He noted that the company is already taking the lead to close the gender gap with its commitment to gender inclusion and parity.
“Lafarge Africa Plc has over 33 percent women representation in the Executive management and Board. While this is impressive, I believe strongly that we could do better,” he said.
Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, the Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa, reminded the audience about great women in the past such as Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti, Senator Franka Afegbua, among others who made great sacrifices for the freedom of not just women but entire generations.
She spoke on the theme: ‘Press for Progress: How women globally are emboldened to speak up.’
According to her, six out of 18 of Lafarge Africa’s board members and five out of 15 of its leadership team are women.
“Women represent 10 percent of the company’s employee population. Last year Lafarge Africa collaborated with Access Bank and Unilever to launch Women in Manufacturing in Africa (WiM Africa) with the mission to identify, influence and proffer solutions for growth and inclusivity of women across Africa’s manufacturing sector,” she said.