A network of senior career women working in Rwanda has called on women to adopt a savings culture for a better future for themselves and the country.
The Career Women’s Network Kigali (CWNK), founded in 2015, has 400 members and provides women with professional opportunities, useful connections and community of peers.
Last week, they organized a networking event with the theme ‘Women and Money,’ focused on financial management and networking with other women with similar career interests.
“You find that men tend to be very comfortable with money compared to women. If you look at the numbers, Rwandan women are somehow shy and don’t save for long-term purposes,” said Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the deputy governor of the National Bank, adding that they should learn how to save.
According to Diane Karusisi, CEO of Bank of Kigali, men look at money as security and as a result tend to be more responsible on how they spend money. She called up women to know their worth and start competing on the market with the same salary structure.
The Managing Director of Crane Bank, Edigold Monday, said women identify themselves with money emotionally rather than by thinking about a better future.
“We need to think about the long term, know how to love money and care for it,” she said.
According to the founder and chair of CWNK, Lucy Schalkwijk, who works as a consultant in gender, skills development and leadership in Rwanda, members of the network share information, encourage each other’s success and learn from each other in a diverse, uplifting and empowering community of female professionals.
“We empower ourselves to thrive professionally and personally and empower other women to reach the next levels of their careers,” Schalkwijk said.
CWNK hires, coaches and mentors women and promotes their businesses.
“We buy from women, we invest in women, we learn from women and are inspired by women,” Schalkwijk said.
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About Career Women’s Network Kigali
Rwanda is a place of opportunity for working women. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are high on the political agenda and career women working in Rwanda are recognizant of that. Nevertheless, the available opportunities do not always reach those who could benefit from them and the opportunities do not always translate into changed gender roles and equal opportunity for girls and women here and across the globe. Government alone can only do so much and we as career women take the initiative to connect each other to opportunities, share information, encourage each other’s success and learn from each other in a diverse, uplifting and empowering community of female professionals. We believe that through connecting influential women across all sectors of the economy and all nationalities who are professionally active in Rwanda (and beyond), we can break down barriers for all women and future generations of women here in our city of Kigali, our country Rwanda, our continent Africa – and indeed, our world.
For more information and membership, visit CWNK's website.