Cape Town – The third annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference will take place in Cape Town on 5 and 6 Octob...
Cape Town – The third annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference will take place in Cape Town on 5 and 6 October.
The theme of the conference is “equity, impact and inclusive growth towards Agenda 2030 and a sustainable African future”.
AWIEF has its sights set on the economic empowerment of women, who, in its view, have historically been side-lined and disregarded in predominantly patriarchal and tribal societies.
“It is naive to think that we can transform Africa leaving the women behind,” says Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder and director.
“You cannot ignore over 50% of the population of a continent and hope to harness and exploit its full potential. It is imperative that we overturn traditional mind-sets and customs to promote inclusivity in business and industry, tapping into the immense untapped resources offered by women. We need to turn women from being job-seekers into job creators, becoming entrepreneurs and businesswomen.”
The AWIEF conference will bring together the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem, including business experts, stakeholders and policy makers. The programme covers the whole business and industry spectrum, from education to innovation and technology, from e-commerce to agriculture and food security, and from infrastructure to finance, procurement and the “creative economy”, which embraces such sectors as fashion and design.
Ochem explains that the programme has been designed mainly on an interactive, panel discussion model, so that the expertise and creativity of participants can be given maximum free rein.
“We have over 40 extremely high-powered speakers and presenters who come from vastly different backgrounds and countries, and who have achieved notable success by overcoming challenges that would daunt the less determined,” she says.
“They have immeasurable expertise to bring to the fore to devise solutions for the challenges we face.”