ABOUT 53 per cent of about 500 plus employees of Westpac outlets in Fiji are women and 50 per cent of staff members in managerial positions are females.
These figures were revealed by the general manager for Westpac Fiji, Adrian Hughes, during the Pacific Microfinance Week held at Sheraton Resort on Denarau, Nadi.
Speaking at a panel session for the topic of building women's leadership in the Pacific, Mr Hughes said Westpac itself was one of the top 10 banks in Australia and was headed by a female, Gail Kelly.
"Westpac provides employment opportunities without gender inequality," he said.
Mr Hughes also elaborated on initiatives that were provided for women, one of them being the Women Education Grant.
"We give a total of $10,600 for this grant and these are done in three different categories — primary, secondary and tertiary education.
"We announced the winners of the grant, which was given out to six recipients from the seven Pacific Island countries where our branches are located."
He further stated financial literacy was offered by the bank not only to urban dwellers but rural people as well.
"This is something we are driving for as part of our business micro-entrepreneurs.
"We have learning sessions that we conduct for women in business and that is just connecting ourselves to any opportunity that we may have.
"One of them happened like last Friday through the PSC service excellence awards.
"They contacted Westpac and we had financial literacy sessions with 50 women for one hour.
"We are also proud to support microfinance markets and also the Women In Business awards every year.
"Few of the initiatives we carry out are not only for Fiji but also the Pacific."