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Lionness is the Platform for Professional Women Network within ING Bank. It has the mission of promoting the rate of flow of women to higher positions within ING. All women employees of ING Group in Netherlands are invited to join the network to inspire them to advance in their career. It gives them tools to achieve their career goals and personnel development.

Established in 1996 by a handful of female members, it welcomes over 1,000 members who are interested in gender diversity, including men. The platform tries to bring a more female friendly culture at all levels within ING and works on the prevention of the outflow of women, particularly in the age range of +45.

The network plans to go beyond Netherlands and set up an international structure ‘Lioness Across Borders’ Association. Turkey is in consideration to be the pilot country. The Platform organizes an annual event of knowledge exchange where burning issues at the workplace are discussed by key-note speakers. Lionness is increasingly high-profile within ING, thanks to the events, training courses, workshops and networking lunches.

Empower Women was invited to 2016 Annual event. Empower Women Regional Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, Meral Guzel made a presentation on the differences between women and men regarding financial behaviour and explained how financial institutions should approach female customers and retain them. She advised to offer them hybrid products addressing their personal and work related needs. All participants recognized financial inclusion as women’s economic empowerment. ING Lionnes plans to sign the WEPs and engage as Empower Women organizational member.

Photographer & Videographer Credit: Meral Guzel

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  • EVELYN IFEYINWA EZEAGU
    This is great.
  • Cynthia Etonge
    Good initiative
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  • Zanele Xaba
    This is Inspirational !
  • Adekemi Adeduntan
    Amazing! Keep the good work on. Women really need to support each other so as to break the gender divide.
  • Daniel Kerber
    Great work!
  • Moureen Njule Eseme
    Great job
  • Ogbeyalu Okoye
    Amazing work you are doing supporting women and growing women networking.
  • Ana Chkheidze
    Great initiative and network! Hopefully "Lioness Across Borders" will come to the republic of Georgia, just next to Turkey :)
  • Sister zeph
    SO INSPIRING , THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK TO SUPPORT WOMEN , WE WOMEN CANNOT BE STRONG AND EMPWOERED IF WE DO NOT SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND IF WE DO NOT HAVE A PLATEFORM LIKE YOURS gREAT JOB WELL DONE 
  • Paola Moreno-Roman
    Awesome job! Thank you so much for everything you do to support women. Can't wait until 'Lioness Across Borders' reaches Peru or the US :)
  • Dr Rejoice Shumba
    Interesting story Meral, thanks for sharing about the important work that Lioness is doing. 

    We can't wait for Lioness to come to South Africa.
  • Yes, yes, yes!!!! This is fantastic!!! I hope they succeed in bringing this fantastic initiative to each country in which they have an ING Bank, and indeed, encourage every bank and infact, every company in the world to adopt a program such as this!
  • Vanessa Udeh
    Great!!
  • ANUOLUWAPO ADELAKUN
    Well done Meral. Amazing work done.
  • BELLY ORONDO
    Financial inclusion is indeed women economic empowerment.We need to find ways of acquiring our own finances as wowen.
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  • Moureen Njule Eseme
    Great job!
  • I like the idea of gendered financial inclusion. Sad to say that most financial products today are gender insensitive. There are specific challenges that constrain women to access finance for instance collateral. Innovative ways of reaching out will make all the difference.
  • Olga Rajchikj
    WOOOW, such an amazing event! This is the way to go and have WEE. I hope that such kind of events will be hosted in countries around the world, especially in the developing countries.
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