MTN Uganda Achieves a 51% Female Workforce

The technology industry has long faced the challenge of increasing the participation of women within the sector. MTN Uganda, part of the MTN Group, has risen to this challenge and stands out. Currently, this Ugandan telecommunications company boasts a 51% female workforce, proving that diversity and inclusion are attainable goals.

This achievement is particularly significant in a sector that has struggled with diversity and inclusion on a global scale. It’s worth noting that MTN is Uganda’s largest corporate entity, and their leadership in this regard is commendable. Notably, Sylvia Mulinge, who recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as CEO, made history as the first female CEO for MTN Uganda.

What’s even more impressive is that MTN Uganda has surpassed its gender parity goals ahead of schedule. Originally targeting a 50-50 gender split by 2025, the company’s Ambition 2025 strategy has led to rapid progress. In 2022, they closed the year with 49% female employees, achieving their 2025 target one year early.

MTN Uganda’s accomplishment demonstrates the region’s advancements in terms of diversity and inclusion within the telecommunications sector. In Kenya, the largest telco, Safaricom, has also made strides, with women constituting 49% of its workforce. This signifies a positive trajectory towards gender parity. Safaricom has implemented diversity and inclusion measures at all levels, including senior management, where 40% of leadership roles are held by women, and 45% of board positions are occupied by women. Notably, when Ms. Kathryne Maundu recently resigned from the Safaricom PLC board, she was succeeded by another female board member.

As more young women enter the East African tech marketplace, the industry is showing its ability to embrace and incorporate them effectively.

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