Nokia and the UN help survivors of gender-based violence in South Africa

11. 08. 2022 Thursday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

N okia and the UN have successfully completed the first training cycle to enable financial independence for survivors of gender-based violence in South Africa.

To commemorate the 2021 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women and children, Nokia in collaboration with UN Women launched a training program for survivors of gender-based violence in South Africa.

The program aimed at strengthening the financial independence and employability of women started at the beginning of the year, and during a six-week period, 24 participants of the Young Women for Life Program in Mamelodi were trained in business administration, finance, work psychology, business marketing and marketing. workplace readiness. Young Women for Life is a program supported by UN Women through its implementing partner to empower young women survivors of GBV to acquire skills to support themselves economically.

Aleta Miller, Head of UN Women's South Africa Office, said: “I am excited that my office, the UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office, is partnering with Nokia on this journey that will significantly transform the lives of young women in order to have skills to sustain their livelihoods. We look forward to the next batch of interns benefiting from these comprehensive skills that Nokia will acquire."

The great commitment and teamwork between Nokia and key stakeholders of UN Women South Africa enabled the successful implementation of a training concept that aims to support the skills development of the beneficiaries, improve their employability and enable them to become entrepreneurs. Funded by the Nokia ESG team, the training took place at the Nokia Centurion office in South Africa. It was conceived, designed and implemented with heart-warming dedication by over 26 global and local Nokia employees, with strong support from the regional UN Women team.

The first cycle concluded in May and included Aleta Miller, UN Women Multi-Country Manager, Nokia Shareholder Representative Mathili Kunene and Nokia Country Manager Toni Pellegrino.

Mathili Kunene, Nokia's South African shareholder representative, said: “I have to say that it was a proud moment for me to observe the work being done by the Nokia-UNW Action for Employment initiative. I will not hesitate to use myself again if my involvement is needed. I hope that the initiative will grow and help even more young women find their feet, regain their confidence and take their rightful place in their families and communities.

The next cycle is scheduled to start in August and will include beneficiaries from Gauteng, South Africa. The program is being expanded to include other provinces and other African countries.

This program is part of a global Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Pekka Lundmark, CEO of Nokia, and Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, which guides the partnership as Nokia strives to promote social inclusion and diversity. Nokia is also a signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEP), which provide guidance for promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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