Bureau Veritas – a specialist in testing, inspection and certification – has launched its BV Women in Africa Mentorship Programme, a strategic collaborative partnership with Twaa, a global networking, knowledge sharing and mentorship platform for women and girls.
The platform from Twaa (the Swahili word for acquire and lead) provides women with digital tools to connect and find suitable mentors and mentees, share and access opportunities, as well as strengthen progress and development.
“The Bureau Veritas Group has a very strong ethos on gender balance and women empowerment,” said Marc Roussel, president of government services and international trade, and senior vice president for Bureau Veritas’s African operations. “As such, many of our corporate social responsibility initiatives focus on the support and development of women both inside and outside the organisation.”
Speaking at the launch in Nairobi on November 4, he added: “The Twaa initiative is a unique way for the Bureau Veritas Group to engage women to support each other from within the organisation and the continent. The digital tool is an incredible means to reach out to many women, even if they are located remotely.”
Bureau Veritas’s objectives are to:
- Engage Twaa as a knowledge sharing and mentorship platform for women across Africa and in so doing drive positive growth and development of female leaders;
- Promote women in the workplace who will add value and gravitas to the brand and its success;
- Support women by bridging the digital gender divide by building and bringing a steady balance to communities and workplaces, further enhancing a sustainable future;
- Support Twaa’s vision to help create a prosperous world that is inclusive of women’s and girls’ social, economic and cultural participation at all levels.
Irene Kiwia, founder of Twaa, commented: “We are thrilled to partner with Bureau Veritas to promote Twaa across Africa and globally. This platform was built to help organisations with a strong women empowerment agenda (such as Bureau Veritas) to accomplish their goals by providing a platform to engage, connect, mobilise and impact their women communities through mentorship, knowledge sharing and access to opportunities.
“Twaa provides a safe and private space with relevant digital tools for women to thrive and aims to bridge the gender digital divide – an initiative that can be ramped up if organisations globally become the drivers of the platform.”
The programme is already available in English, French and Swahili and in the future will be available in more languages such as Yoruba, isiZulu, Portuguese and Arabic.