The Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) scheduled to hold next month in Lagos will focus on the use of technology to boost productivity in business, according to organisers.
Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Managing Director of ICO Conferences and Events said in a statement made available to Technology Times that the AWIEF pre-conference training workshops this year will also focus on Entrepreneurship Strategies and Creativity in Business and Result-Oriented Sustainable Business Development.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to the AWIEF Founder, “despite leading the world on women entrepreneurship, African female business-owners enjoy less recognition and support than their male counterparts for their contribution to poverty reduction, employment and wealth creation. AWIEF will unveil comprehensive strategies for enhanced economic participation and opportunities for women throughout the continent.”[/quote]“We are addressing such current challenges as inequalities in access to economic opportunities, less access to finance, technology, market information, business networks, as well as gender bias in education and skills development”, Ochem says.
According to the AWIEF Founder, “despite leading the world on women entrepreneurship, African female business-owners enjoy less recognition and support than their male counterparts for their contribution to poverty reduction, employment and wealth creation. AWIEF will unveil comprehensive strategies for enhanced economic participation and opportunities for women throughout the continent.”
AWIEF is a platform to discuss the role of women in Africa’s economic growth, address the challenges faced by female business-owners, analyze those challenges and proffer innovative and sustainable solutions that effectively foster the empowerment of African women and unleash their full potential for successful business entrepreneurship, she added.
According to her, AWIEF provides the perfect continental platform to present and showcase your brands, technologies, products and services to female African decision makers, influencers and qualified buyers from diverse industry and business sectors, considering its wider coverage of exhibitions.
The event, which will hold September 29-30, 2016 at The Civic Centre, Lagos, expects attendees from across Africa and the globe, top women entrepreneurs and women in business, thought leaders, investors, SMEs, MSMEs, international development organizations, NGOs, foundations, government policy-makers and the media.
Organisers also announced that the AWIEF conference will feature participation from around the globe that includes Susan Shabangu, Minister of Women in the Presidency, South Africa; Dr Diane Gashumba, Minister of Gender & Family Promotion, Rwanda; Senator Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Nigeria; Almas Jiwani, President Emeritus, UN Women Canada & Founder/CEO, Almas Jiwani Foundation, Canada; and Melody Kweba, President/Chairperson, South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA), South Africa.
Other speakers include Tara Femi-Durotoye, CEO/Creative Director, House of Tara International, Nigeria; AdenikeOgunlesi, Founder/Chief Responsibility Officer, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, Nigeria; KhanyiDhlomo, Founder/CEO, Ndalo Media, South Africa; Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland; Mary Olushoga, Founder AWP Network, USA; Regina Honu, Founder/CEO, Soronko Solutions, Ghana; Melanie Hawken, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Lionesses of Africa, South Africa; Shimite Bello, Group President/CEO, Quintessential Group, Nigeria.