Union Bank Plc has launched Alpher, a platform to empower women across all segments of the Nigerian society through capacity building opportunities, networking platforms, scholarships and tailored financial services for women, as part of activities to mark the global movement to accelerate gender parity across the world.

In addition, the bank also awarded 40 scholarships to women entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the Enterprise and Leadership Program (ELP) organised by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa.

Mr. Emeka Emuwa, CEO of the bank speaking at the launch said, “I am especially pleased that we are unveiling Union Bank’s proposition for women. We are excited about the platform we have developed to support and enable success for women across board. I personally believe that the world, especially Nigeria, would be a much better place if it is balanced and women have full agency to be all that they can be.”

The event also featured a panel discussion on “Accelerating Parity; Challenging the Status Quo,” featuring Uchenna Agbo, Founder, TrustVas; Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder, Pearls Africa Youth Foundation and CNN Hero; Francesca Uriri, Founder, Leading Ladies Africa and ZeeZee Ihe-Okuneye, marriage and relationship counsellor as panelists.