Women’s Mentoring Network – a leap in women’s empowerment in the business sector

Addiko Bank Sarajevo and Deloitte BH’s programme concludes its second cycle

October 5, 2022

Women's Mentoring Network Bosnia and Herzegovina

The second cycle of the Women’s Mentoring Network concluded with the third day of training for mentors. The training programme for young women in the business sector was designed with the aim of empowering young business women and advancing their skills. This year again, more than 100 women contributed their knowledge and experience to the implementation of this distinguished mentoring programme.

“Women’s Mentoring Network was designed with the aim of empowering young women at the start of their careers and strengthening their skills to help them overcome any obstacles they will encounter in their career development. Our intention is to facilitate their development path, but also to strengthen awareness of the abilities they posses,” said Sanela Pašić, Chair of the Addiko Bank Sarajevo Management Board and one of the founders of Women’s Mentoring Network.

“The girls who signed up for the project have demonstrated their desire to bring positive change to our society. I believe that the programme has helped them gain useful knowledge, but also built a quality rapport, which will facilitate their business development”, said Sabina Softić, Deloitte BH CEO.

“Low numbers of women in leadership positions is a shared experience of many countries. UNDP is committed to accelerating gender equality and investing in women’s leadership globally and is proud to support the Women’s Mentoring Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Removing structural barriers while working in parallel on encouraging and supporting the empowerment of women will result in experiencing a quantum leap for gender equality and women’s leadership”, said Stephen Kinloch Pichat a.i. UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The focus of the third education was on public speaking, business ethics, and creating a harassment-free work environment. Also, within a special panel, a parallel was drawn between local and global experiences and practices of women’s leadership.

UNDP is the project partner, with implementation support provided by EBRD, IFC, UNFPA, EFSE and OSCE. Women’s magazine Azra is the project’s media partner.