On behalf of Scotiabank Chile, I would like to greet the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and congratulate them on their efforts to promote women artists and increase the appreciation of women in the cultural domain.
Among the major social changes that have taken place over the last forty years, the definitive incorporation of women into multiple areas of public life has been one of the most relevant. In this context, it is an honor for Scotiabank to support and be part of this change process that doubtlessly has a long way to go. Scotiabank believes in diversity and in the inclusion of multiple points of view. For this reason, it has implemented the Advancement of Women (AoW) program, which aims to encourage and generate initiatives that further women’s development in our organization, including their presence in the Bank’s upper management.
In Chile, the AoW initiative also promotes and acknowledges the innovative, disciplined, and entrepreneurial profile that characterizes women today through activities and programs aimed at enhancing their development. For this reason, since 2011 we have presented the Advancement of Women Award to noteworthy women in Chile such as Carolina Schmidt, Verónica Villarroel, María Teresa Ruiz, Delfina Guzmán, Sister Karoline Mayer, Mahani Teave, and Erika Olivera. It should also be pointed out that Scotiabank has recognized women entrepreneurs since 2012, with awards being presented to 47 women.
Since 2015, we have supported women’s development in the art world by contributing to the efforts of the Chile Committee of the NMWA in Washington DC, an institution that we expect will help more and more Chilean women artists to make their work known both in our country and abroad.