This week on Voices of Anakazi, our guest is Eniola Mafe, Program Coordinator for Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership where she develops, coordinate and execute programs in sub-Saharan Africa designed to build capacity, connections and credibility of African women leaders working in the fields of Economic Development, Political Participation and Human Rights.
She also works on the organizational development of the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), a partnership among local businesswomen’s organizations throughout Africa which supports the organizational development of its member associations, strengthens the services and market access they provide to women entrepreneurs, and collectively advocates for an enabling business environment in Africa. Since its formation in 2008 the network has developed member associations in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda, and has served more than 21,000 women.
This week Voices of Anakazi travelled to Washington DC to meet and network with 43 women from the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP), at the USAID and Corporate Council for Africa Conference.
AWEP was launched in July 2010 at the United States/sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Co-operation Forum (AGOA Forum). Organized and sup-ported by several U.S. agencies, under the leadership of the U.S. Department of State, the original AWEP event brought 43 African businesswomen from AGOA-eligible countries to the United States for a three-week program. The program outlined three goals for AWEP:
(1) Accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses;
(2) Foster leadership for women’s business organizations; and,
(3) Support advocacy for women’s economic empowerment (to become “voices of change”).
During the three-week program, the 43 women were provided with an opportunity to meet and network with U.S. policy makers, companies and industry associations, U.S. and African civil society, non-profit organizations advocating for women’s economic opportunities, multi-lateral development organizations, and business alliances. These professional exchanges were designed to help the participants build business alliances, develop advocacy and communications skills, identify resources to advance women’s entrepreneurship, and take advantage of opportunities for U.S. partnerships through AGOA.
Join us on “Voices of Anakazi” as we speak to Mrs Sylvia Banda, Ambassador for AWEP Zambia.
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