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In celebration of Women’s Month 2018 and Women Entrepreneurs in Africa, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced a partnership with Nedbank for a business networking breakfast event set to take place on the 3rd of August 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The aim for the event is to bring together women in business and national leadership to discuss, create a knowledge gaining experience as well as map out strategic initiatives to promote women entrepreneurs.

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AWIEF Founder and CEO, Irene Ochem says she is excited about the partnership with Nedbank. “We believe that Africa's socio-economic transformation can be fast-tracked through enhanced economic empowerment, participation and leadership for its women and girls, and having Nedbank as one of the drivers of change will strengthen our mandate”. AWIEF has invited some of Africa’s most admired and influential thought leaders in the private and public sectors to share insights and dialogue on the role women play in innovation and transformation.

Themed “Innovation and transformation: women heading forward”, speakers for the event include: Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister, Department of Tourism; Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder and CEO, Ndalo Media; Nirmala Reddy, Senior Manager, Enterprise Development, Business Banking, Nedbank; Dr Josephine Ngure, Acting Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development & Business Delivery Office, African Development Bank Group and Themba Kalua, Deputy Representative, UN Women South Africa Multicountry Office.

Says Nirmala Reddy, Senior Manager, Enterprise Development, “Our pledge to help clients See Money Differently is aimed at making a difference in South Africa, not just for women and children and business but for communities throughout our beautiful land. The bank is also focusing on female employees and on Black Women Owned suppliers, which can be seen through our development and training programmes. We are also proud of the fact that at Nedbank women make up more than 60% of the workforce. Events celebrating women provides attendees with an opportunity to learn how leaders are tackling gender equality, to share what they are doing, and to engage with and exchange ideas with companies that are committed to delivering on gender equality. This is an excellent way to accelerate female empowerment within organisations and broader society.”

Tickets are available via Quicket for R250 per person click HERE to book. Entrance costs will help to support Small Business Owners, women who make head-dresses.

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The closing date for the 2018 Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards nominations has been extended to Monday, 16 July 2018.  This is a final opportunity for women entrepreneurs to enter these prestigious, multi-industry awards, to be recognised for their contribution to Pan-African, social and economic agendas.

Women entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to submit nominations in a range of categories, including technology, agriculture and women empowerment in business.

AWIEF has partnered with City of Cape Town, Shell South Africa and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU), to recognise and celebrate women for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent.

Categories for the awards are: Young Entrepreneur Award, Tech Entrepreneur Award, Social Entrepreneur Award, Global Brand Award, Agri Entrepreneur Award, Empowerment Award, Creative Industry Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners will be announced on the 9th of November at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town.

Previous winners include Hyasintha Ntuyeko, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kasole Secrets, Temie Giwa–Tubosun, Chief Executive Officer of LifeBank, Sonia Paiva, Founder of Woman Farmer Foundation and more.

Nomination guideline:

  • Nominations should only be made relating to achievements made by a female entrepreneur and national of an African country, with a registered business operation in one or more African countries.
  • Nominees can be nominated or self-nominated.
  • You can nominate a woman entrepreneur for more than one category but you must complete different nomination forms.
  • You may be asked to support or verify the evidence you supply as part of the nominations you make.
  • Three nominees will be shortlisted for each category and invited to the AWIEF Awards.

For more information on the 2018 AWIEF Awards, competition rules and entry forms click here

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In its ongoing quest to drive women economic empowerment agenda in the African continent, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has partnered with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU) in the Netherlands and African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN) to develop and launch a new programme initiative named #VALUE4HER: Strengthening women’s agribusiness enterprise in Africa.

The programme is aimed at increasing value for women from agribusinesses through market access, finance, improving knowledge, skills and networks and advocacy thus addressing some of the key barriers for women’s empowerment in agriculture and agribusiness.

AWIEF has taken 15 Southern Africa-based women in agriculture entrepreneurs from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to attend a stakeholder workshop and the #VALUE4HER project launch in Nairobi, Kenya.

Irene Ochem, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AWIEF says their dream for women is that they rise up to positions where they become strong players within agriculture and its value chains as well as competing effectively in these value chains.

“Women are key actors in agricultural activities, but hardly benefit from high value businesses in agriculture. Supporting women to get into agribusinesses and to drive more incomes from agri-food markets is a sure way of increasing prosperity for rural communities,” says Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, Senior Technical Adviser, Value Chains and Agribusiness, CTA.

#VALUE4HER will bring together these women entrepreneurs in a form of networking where they will be exposed to international markets, consequently benefiting from the social capital. “The programme has been designed to provide women in agribusiness with capacity in terms of business skills, leadership and how to operate in an international marketplace” says Bashuna.

Entrepreneur, Chef and Author, Nompumelelo Mqwebu, with AWIEF from South Africa, says “there is a lack of women in leadership positions and decision-making within the hospitality industry as well as a lack of acknowledgement and development of women. Programmes such as #VALUE4HER play a pivotal role in bridging the gap and developing us, women entrepreneurs.

For more information about #VALUE4HER, please email asandamunyu@awieforum.org

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