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Financial sector has 48 percent women

The financial sector is made up of 17,117 employees, of which 8217 are women, corresponding to around 48 percent, according to data presented by the executive director of the National Bank of Angola (BNA), Maria Juliana de Fontes Pereira, this Wednesday, at Forum on Female Leadership in the Financial Sector, organized by the BNA.


In her speech, the BNA executive director addressed the representation of women in the financial sector, noting that the "Angolan sector is made up of 17,117 employees, of which 8217 are women, therefore around 48 percent", she said.

The official also informed that in terms of regulators, "the banking sector employs 16,062 employees, of which 7746 are women", thus corresponding to 46 percent, while "the insurance sector, which employs 699 employees, of which 306" are women, representing 43 percent, and the capital market has 356 employees, of which 165 are women.

According to advanced data, "at the level of supervised personnel", the banking sector has 14,298 employees, of which 7038 are women, "therefore around 49 percent", while "the insurance sector employs 627 employees, of which 232 are women, therefore 44 percent" and in the capital market of a "total of 201 employees", 90 are women.

As for the decision-making bodies in the banking sector, "we can see that in terms of supervisors we have registered three women at the National Bank of Angola, one at ARSEG and four at the Capital Market", she said, adding that "on the side of the supervised, we have 32 percent in the banking sector, 21 percent in the insurance sector and 19 percent in the capital markets".

"Turning to representation in the management bodies, therefore middle managers, we have 365 supervisory positions, of which 153 are occupied by women", around 41 percent, said the official.

At the supervised level, Maria Juliana de Fontes Pereira said that there are 2170 positions, 902 of which "are occupied by women".

Thus, she indicated, "the analysis of these numbers shows us that, although the superiority" of the financial sector is headed by men, in decision-making and management positions, "women represent practically 40 percent of occupation of these positions".

"We can say that we are doing well in terms of the financial sector. However, the question that arises is how to preserve the gains that we have obtained so far in terms of gender equality and what to do to increase these numbers", she pointed out.

The forum, held this Wednesday at the Saydi Mingas Auditorium, aimed to highlight "the role of women in the financial sector and their experience in reconciling other tasks, in the various domains of social life, as well as addressing the perceptives on development of the national financial system", says a communiqué from the BNA, to which VerAngola had access.

It was up to the BNA Governor, José de Lima Massano, to make the welcome notes for the event, which was honored by the First Lady of the Republic, Ana Dias Lourenço, who, on the occasion, opened the forum.

According to the statement, Ana Dias Lourenço "praised the initiative of the National Bank of Angola, which, in her opinion, contributes to the necessary recognition of the central role of women in society and in the business world".

The Minister of Finance, Vera Daves, was in charge of closing the event, who said that "it is not possible to talk about female leadership in the financial sector without talking about the society from which those who, being women, exercise leadership functions, emerge", reads up in the statement.

The forum was attended by members of the Executive, members of the National Assembly, members of the Board of Directors of the BNA, CMC and ARSEG, representatives of financial institutions, among other guests.

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