“Month of the Woman Entrepreneur” (MOWE) is a celebration conducted over a period of a month featuring special events as a way of highlighting the involvement of women in business. These are a combination of different events such as seminars in gender sensitive business development services, workshops, media events, exhibitions and trade shows. These events are aimed at facilitating entrepreneurship development, primarily targeting women but also other organizations involved in small enterprise development.
THE AIM OF MOWE CELEBRATIONS
Through MOWE, we aim to give women entrepreneurs, including those with disabilities, visibility and voice so that they can be heard among other players in the small and medium enterprise sector. The celebrations involve a series of national events such as media campaigns, workshops, exhibitions and promotional activities.
The Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations (FEWA) in close collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) hosted the 6th Month of the Woman Entrepreneur (MOWE) in October 2013. MOWE 2013 was a combination of seminars in gender sensitive business development services and workshops. The aim was to facilitate and celebrate entrepreneurship development, primarily targeting women but also other organizations involved in small enterprise development. The events included among others:
- An in-depth conversation around the creation and sustainability of Green Businesses.
- An engaging seminar on Insurance and unraveling the mysteries around Insurance language and how best to ensure that women entrepreneurs are not caught off guard by calamity.
- A two-day conference that tackled areas of procurement in the government under a devolved system, especially for women, challenging them to grow into not just Kenyan millionaires but dollar billionaires. Experiences were shared by entrepreneurs who have excelled and a session that engaged women entrepreneurs in creating inclusive businesses that are involved in providing goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people at the base of the pyramid by making them part of the value chain of companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.
To conclude the MOWE celebrations, FEWA held the FEWA Pan-African Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to recognize, applaud and reward women entrepreneurs from across Africa who have done a commendable job at their businesses. For detailed information on the areas covered by the conference speakers and Award Winners, kindly see the report below.