‘Be visible if you’re aspiring to climb higher’ – MTN CFO urges women

MTN Ghana’s Chief Finance Officer, Mrs Antoinette Kwofie, has urged women who aspire to higher positions to make themselves visible in order to make an impact in society.

“You have to be more visible”, Mrs Kwofie told women when she spoke as one of five panellists at the 2022 ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ programme organised by the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

“You can’t be invisible if you want to make an impact; your visibility has to create the right impact”, she reiterated.

Also, she says women must see themselves in higher positions because “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it”.

The discussion was on the theme: “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.”

To her, “Gender equality means the world deciding to pick up a box with two hands which are better rather than trying to struggle to pick it up with one hand”.

In Mrs Kwofie’s view, women in Finance, are viewed as the exception rather than the norm, revealing that until she got into the corporate world, she did not know that the expectations of women were different because she grew up in a home of five girls and everything got done by them.

“We did everything and nothing came to a standstill because we are women”, she said.

As a result, Mrs Kwofie said she is very passionate about creating a role model for the next generation of women to know that they are enough to make things happen and also conscientise them to know that as women, they do not have to be men in order to thrive.

Mrs Kwofie, who is committed to creating space to talk about issues that pertain to women in a professional environment, undertaking mentoring, coaching, and putting in place intentional policies and measures that can be measured along, stressed: “What doesn’t get measured, doesn’t get performed”.


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