On the International Women’s Day (8 March), BIMA Senegal joined forces with Ngor's town hall and its health centre as well as Marie Stopes International to organise a cervical cancer awareness day where women received free screening tests for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

The initiative aimed to raise awareness on cervical cancer and provide visitors with family planning advice. The free screening was open to the public, as well as employees from BIMA and its partners Tigo and SUNU Assurances. More than 200 women received free screening and health consultation on the day.   

The awareness campaign had been developed and organised by BIMA’s female employees, who are also active participants of the company’s global female leadership and mentoring programme – RUN. With female employees representing more than half of its workforce, BIMA advocates gender equality in the workplace and nurtures a working environment in which women are respected, supported and developed. To that end, it launched the internal programme RUN in 2016 to facilitate career progression of its female talent around the globe and to encourage them to take initiatives in their personal and professional development.  

On the International Women’s Day where women’s achievements are celebrated across the world, BIMA’s cervical health initiative not only gives back to women in the community, it also highlights the company’s mission to protect individuals and families against both financial and health risks.   

Sokhna Fatou, Customer Experience Manager at BIMA and its RUN programme participant, commented, “I’m really pleased to be able to work with other inspiring women from BIMA and third-party organisations, and to apply the skills and knowledge that I’ve acquired in our RUN programme, to organise this cervical awareness day that contributes to women’ health. It is great to support other women and to come together with my female colleagues on this day for such a meaningful cause.”   

Romain Feulvarc'h, Country Manager for BIMA Senegal, said, “At BIMA, I work with many highly talented and capable female individuals and their valuable contribution has been key to our business success. This event is just another testament of our female employees’ active engagement that not only delivers value to BIMA, but also to the local community. Protecting our customers from financial and health risks is at the core of what we do and we would like to thank the town hall and the health centre in Ngor,  and Marie Stopes International for the opportunity to work together to draw attention to a topic as important as women’s health.”  

Published 12 March 2018