Henkel Egypt, in cooperation with the German development agency GIZ, joined the “ProGirls Project” to encourage girls to explore new fields of work, which for years have been perceived to be exclusive for men, such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
This is a step forward in a 3-decade journey of genuine initiatives by Henkel to empower women and entrench its global strategies of promoting gender diversity, enhancing women’s contributions in professional life, achieving equality, and eliminating work-related discrimination.
In this regard, Head of Human Resources at Henkel EgyptIbrahim El Sherei said, “Inspired by Henkel’s global values of achieving gender equality, we joined the ‘ProGirls Project’ and contributed to a highly-professional training plan for 14-17 years old females. The programme will qualify them to use the latest global technical and digital solutions, while training them in a multinational and multicultural work environment. This would help them develop skills to join the labor market with better prospects. Today, women have many career options with active and successful participation.”
“Henkel Egypt participation in ProGirls Project culminates our dedicated efforts to empower female future pioneers to venture into new arenas, such as joining the factory workforce. In 2020, we provided internship programs for engineering female graduates for a year in our factories in Port Said and the 6th of October. Some of them ended up as full-time employees. Henkel Egypt reinforced gender equality in Henkel’s Global Business Solutions Center in Cairo, which provides scientific andtechnical solutions to Henkel branches across the region and where female representation exceeds 60% in various departments, such as supply chain, information technology, accounting, procurement, and human resources,” El Shereiadded.
Participants will be trained remotely, online, or in-person during the summer vacation, accompanied by a Henkel employee. The end of the course marks the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ on 11 October, an occasion that Henkel is keen to celebrate every year just as it does with the International Women Day to honour the efforts of women in the workplace.