HBL inaugurated its first all-women branch in Hyderabad at the Sindh University, Old Campus.
Dr. Farida Shaikh, Principal – University of Sindh, (Elsa Kazi Campus), Hyderabad, cut the inauguration ribbon. Present at the ceremony were Syed Mujtaba Husain Naqvi, Head South, Branch Banking – HBL, Fouzia Jabeen Janjua, Head – Branch Operations and Account Services – HBL, along with other senior members of the Bank.
This initiative is in line with HBL’s diversity agenda and its vision of creating a more diverse and equitable workforce, as well as the need to increase the engagement of women in financial services. The Bank has been recruiting an increasing number of women across all business functions, ensuring they are provided equal opportunities for advancement and success.
Currently, women comprise 20% of HBL’s staff. The Bank is confident it can grow this number to 25% by 2025.
#HBL inaugurates its 1st all #women branch in #Hyderabad. This initiative is in line with the Bank's diversity agenda & vision of creating a more diverse & equitable workforce, by ensuring women are provided equal opportunities for advancement and success.@StateBank_Pak @usindh pic.twitter.com/XZivKtmrhS
— HBL (@HBLPak) April 4, 2022
Commenting on the occasion, Fouzia Janjua, Head Branch Operations & Account Services – HBL said, “As Pakistan’s largest bank, HBL strives to place itself at the forefront of the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) agenda. We have a strong mandate to increase the Bank’s gender diversity by recruiting women at all levels into the workforce and fostering a diverse work environment through progressive policies.”
HBL’s important role in supporting women
HBL has been steadfast in its commitment to building an inclusive ecosystem for all Pakistani women. In 2016, it launched the revolutionary Women’s Market program, HBL Nisa. The program is a unique initiative dedicated to the financial needs of women.
HBL Nisa offers women financial freedom and increased opportunities. Today, HBL is home to over 3 million women customers, with growing numbers of women enrolling in the Nisa Program to gain financial independence.
Moreover, HBL often takes part in initiatives that contribute to empowering Pakistani women. For instance, to encourage women to contribute to the country’s tech sector, CIRCLE, a non-profit promoting tech ecosystem founded by Sadaffe Abid, introduced She Loves Tech (SLT) to Pakistan in 2017, which was supported by HBL.