The Activities include:
The Annual Open Day is a social cum intellectual gathering where members, students – both male and female, other members of ICAN and other women professional bodies and associations are mentored. The activities for the Open Day are in two parts, comprising the student’s session and the professional women session.
Like Career talk, lectures are given from time to time to groups of people in business, particularly small scale entrepreneurs, market women and industrialists on how to keep records, financial management and managerial skills including taxation and loans management.
Business Lunch is held quarterly at various locations. Its objective is to bring members together under a social flag to discuss business matters. It also serves as a forum for the recognition of female achievers generally as well as newly qualified female accountants who are usually invited to these lunches. Occasionally Guest Speakers are invited to address members
- SWAN also hosts current ICAN President to a Special Luncheon in their year in office and uses the opportunity to make improvement suggestions to the Presidential Year.
SWAN usually pays courtesy visits to the First Ladies of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The visit provides SWAN an opportunity to make improvement suggestions on topical issues that affect women in particular and the Nation in general.
The Society organizes basic Accounting Courses for Non-Accountants e.g. market women periodically and also organizes non-fee paying Revision courses for ICAN students. It organized a seminar on retirement for members and the general public in 2011.
SWAN has in place a scholarship fund to provide financial support to indigent and brilliant Accountancy students in tertiary institutions. Scholarship has been awarded to students in Unilag, Unijos, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Delta State University Abraka, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, University of Port-Harcourt to mention a few. SWAN has also awarded Scholarship to a blind girl who graduated from the Loyola Jesuit College Abuja. SWAN also has a prize for the best female qualifying student at the ICAN Professional Examinations.
At the International Arena, SWAN has continued to encourage and assist female Accountants in Africa to form Women Societies in their National Institutes. This was done in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, South and East Africa. SWAN also played a foremost role in initiating the International Federation of Women Accountants (IFWA) which was inaugurated in Paris in 1997. The Africa Chapter was inaugurated in Abuja in 1995. The pioneer President of IFWA Africa Chapter is Princess Agnes Adenike Adeniran, one of our Grand Patrons and a Past President of ICAN. SWAN at all times play key roles in all International, Regional and Local Conferences to support ICAN’s growth.
In addition to the Technical Programmes of SWAN through her members’ active involvement in all International, Regional and Local Conferences, SWAN provides the platform through which ICAN performs its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to the Society in which they operate in. SWAN at all times ensures ICAN is properly promoted in all her activities at the International, Regional and Local levels.
This is SWAN effort to ensure that those female Accountants unaware of SWAN and the seemingly busy ones are persuaded and encouraged to participate in SWAN activities. This has over the years increased SWAN’S membership.
Sexual harassment seminars are usually held in tertiary institutions bi-annually to sensitize university undergraduates especially women of their legal rights, how to avoid being sexually harassed and urging them to always dress decently to avoid being harassed sexually by the opposite sex in the society. Health seminars are also held annually which involves physical activities like long walks and sensitizing via presentations and demonstrations on how women can maintain a healthy life style
SWAN is registered with the National Council of women Societies and the Ministry of Women Affairs, which affords her the right to interact with other female professional women without restrictions.