The 50 million African women speak project was launched yesterday in Harare empowering local Zimbabwean businesswomen to be able to showcase their products and connect with a market of millions across Africa through the virtual digital platform.
The platform is aimed at closing gaps, existing and potential, women entrepreneurs continue to face such as limited access to information, finances as well as networking opportunities. The launch of the digital platform is premised on the fact that women play an essential role in the development of African economies
Guest of honour at the launch Minister of Women Affairs Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni spoke about the benefits to be derived from the digital networking platform across 38 African countries.
“Zimbabwe as a member state of COMESA is proud to be launching this project. My sincere gratitude goes to all the implementing partners as their efforts will not be in vain. The 50 Million African Women Speak project will facilitate women to learn from each other as well as creating business online across the African Continent. We are trying to minimise the damage by the Coronavirus pandemic by employing a digital platform to exchange ideas as women.”
The implementing partner, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa’s (COMESA) Secretary-General, Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe said the platform will facilitate a dynamic exchange of ideas among African women in the development of African communities.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has redefined how business will be conducted going forward and the fact that we are launching this project virtually speaks volume of the importance of this platform in spearheading Development in Africa specifically by women as the need to conduct business online cannot be overemphasized.”
The broader objectives of this project are to foster peer to peer learning, mentoring and the sharing of information and business knowledge, among women in Africa.