As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s essential to acknowledge the vital role women play in business. The world is changing, and the glass ceiling is slowly breaking, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Women in business have faced significant challenges, from lack of funding and resources to discrimination and societal pressure. But despite these challenges, women entrepreneurs continue to rise and make their mark in the business world. This year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Embrace Equity,” is a reminder of the importance of leveling the playing field for women in business. In this post, we’ll explore the significance of International Women’s Day for women in business and how we can embrace equity to create a more inclusive and supportive environment.
Zita Agwunobi is a corporate lawyer with over 16 years of experience in due diligence and managing corporate exposure to liabilities. She has Bachelor of Law degree and holds a master’s degree in international commercial from Bournemouth University, Dorset, England. Zita has worked in various capacities; litigation, corporate, commercial services industry and with the financial sector to validate corporate and retail customer data to ensure compliance.
Her vast knowledge in due diligence led to innovation of Iverify. ng, a digital identity onboarding platform that enables customers and users to access digital identity profiles of their customers or employees to improve their business security and solve identity-related problems.
According to Zita, Iverify.ng was birthed from 257 experiences of ours on her legal journey journaled over 10 years where she had been faced with identity mix/fraud cases, credential and document forgery issues, and lack of access to holistic and consistent data. Her journey since the launch of Iverify.ng in 2019 has been fulfilling this goal. “It was rough initially but I can say that we are taking it day by day and growing in the experiences we encounter along the ladder.”
As one of the leading females in an industry highly dominated by the male gender, Zita, believes that being a woman is a strength and not a weakness. “My conviction in the innovation is my power engine. Do I believe in the solution we created, yes? Am I willing to show up daily for the sake of that purpose, yes? Is there Value in the solution for our customers and clients, yes.” She said.
Furthermore, Zita affirms that as a woman naturally designed to be dynamic with an innate ability to bring life and nurture it. She is capable of leading and must demonstrate that. Gender becomes irrelevant when value and competence leads to improve their business security and solve identity-related problems.
As the team lead of Iverify.ng, Zita along with the team has held on for Iverify.ng which has garnered a number of milestones for the organization some of which are:
1. Hill Justice accelerator grant of 10,000 euros for our justice innovation in digital identity
2. Digital and technology revelation for Women in Africa 2021
3. Women in Technology Incubation program by Enterprise center, Lagos business school, and Standard chartered bank.
4. Google Accelerator Program