New CISI/WIFR partnership announced to promote capacity building for women in the Rwandan financial sector

By Lora Benson | Jul 03, 2023

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is pleased to announce its commitment to be the capacity-building partner for Women in Finance Rwanda (WIFR).

WIFR is focused on development and empowerment to advance the leadership growth of women in finance. They aim to engage stakeholders to understand the current motivations, concerns and pressures across the sector in delivering gender parity. This alliance represents a significant step towards fostering knowledge and expanding opportunities, and the CISI is committed to supporting this agenda.

As part of this collaboration, the six WIFR Founding Partners will be awarded CISI membership. CISI membership is a compelling marker of professionalism in the sector and comes with access to a wide range of learning resources to help individuals stay up to date and relevant. The CISI has a global membership network with members in over 100 countries.

The CISI will offer a ‘Futures in Finance’ programme targeting the under 30s, the selected individuals will have the opportunity to study for and take the CISI’s International Introduction to Securities & Investment certificate. All study materials and an examination sitting will be sponsored. A Sustainability Scholars programme will also be launched by the partnership with selected individuals having the opportunity to take the CISI’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Assessment.

The partnership also intends to collaborate with universities and on socio-economic mobility programmes.

Lina Higiro, President and Co-Founder of Women in Finance Rwanda and Chief Executive Officer at NCBA Bank Rwanda (right) said: “We are pleased to partner with the leading global body for financial services professionals, the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Through this partnership women in Rwanda will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, achieving qualifications and certifications from CISI which are globally recognised.

“This partnership supports the development and empowerment to advance leadership growth of women in finance in Rwanda and works towards delivering gender parity in the sector.”

Tracy Vegro CISI CEO said: “We are delighted to partner with Women in Finance Rwanda (WIFR) and take action to support diversity and inclusion across Rwanda’s financial services sector. As a global membership body and educational charity, we are committed to supporting efforts that help everyone access a career in financial services.

“We look forward to starting our work as WIFR’s capacity-building partner, beginning with our scholarship programmes that will provide opportunities to women in the sector to upskill by achieving our globally recognised qualifications and certifications. WIFR has started a brilliant movement and we are so pleased to be a part of it.”

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About Women in Finance Rwanda

The Women in Finance Rwanda (WIFR) is an organization that was registered in September 2022 with the aim of developing and empowering female leadership growth within the Rwanda financial sector.

WIFR has 4 main objectives provided for under its statute which are:

1. Motivating integration of gender balance as part of purpose and brand of the financial sector

2. Engage stakeholders to understand current motivations, concerns and pressures across the sector in delivering gender parity

3. Create a platform for women to connect, collaborate, educate and promote the financial sector

4. Engage policy makers in order to promote gender parity in the Sector