Dar es Salaam. UN-Women Entrepreneurship (WED) has launched a campaign, which aims at empowering women entrepreneurs to connect and identify markets across Africa for their products.
UN–WED Tanzania ambassador Imelda Kisongo said this during the launch of WED initiative, which brought about women entrepreneurs from different sectors in the country with a theme, “Women Entrepreneurs and Industrialisation”.
She said, the initiative is currently targeting women from Dar es Salaam, but will be rolled out in other regions next year.
“We are looking for funding and mentorship programmes to support women in entrepreneurial support programmes, which showcase new business ventures in technology, food production, fashion, and retail, environmental and educational enterprises being launched,” she said.
She said WED ambassadors work globally to spread the WED grassroots mission and message to empower women and girls to become active participants in the economy by igniting a network of women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion and advance communities around the world.
She said in order to achieve the ambitious goal, WED builds and catalyzes the vital networks of like-minded individuals and organisations that women business leaders need to realise their full potential and change the world.
Wed ambassadors have grown to be celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities.
They convene Business Leaders, Government Officials and Civil society to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation to empower women in business.
“Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. We are dedicated, determined and driven to change this global imbalance.” Said Wendy Diamond, the founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
Entrepreneurship is equally important in developed and developing countries for job creation, innovation and growth, hence fostering entrepreneurship is a key policy goal for governments in all countries.