ILO Gender News

The latest issue of the ILO Gender News, published by the gender bureau has profiled Women's Entrepreneurship Development in the Arab States, Asia and Africa. The profile highlights the increasing demand and growth of WED activities globally, as well as the increasing emphasis on WED in Decent Work Country Programmes. Read more

Making the strongest links: a practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development

September 2009

A new WEDGE publication, Making the Strongest Links: A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development, is now available.  The guide provides new methods for incorporating gender concerns into the different stages of value chain analysis and strengthening the links essential for gender equality and promoting sustainable pro-poor growth and development strategies To request this guide, please send an email to Joni Simpson ( Read more

ExxoMobil and vital voices launch business women's network at world economic forum

June 10, 2009

Exxon Mobil Corporation and Vital Voices Global Partnership  joined on June 10 with local businesswomen’s organizations throughout Africa to announce the launch of the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN) at the World Economic Forum on Africa.

The ABWN aims to build and support a network of businesswomen’s organizations in Africa to expand the number of women succeeding as entrepreneurs and leaders in the corporate world; to raise the profile and credibility of women in business; to foster global networking opportunities among businesswomen; and to advocate for policies that expand economic opportunity for women. Network Hubs are now underway in Sub-Saharan African countries including Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. Read more

Nigeria: SME development - SMEDAN in successful partnership with Niger Fortune Etu
28 March 2009

Levi Anyikwa

Since 2004, SMEDAN (Small Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria) has been making desperate and concerted efforts to establish partnerships with state governments in the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria. After much work in this area, the Agency and the state governments, under the administration of President Umar Musa Yar'adua, have agreed to jointly establish Business Development and Support Centres (BDSCs) as well as Business Information Centres (BICs) where SMEDAN can run entrepreneurship training and provide counseling, advisory and information services.

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GAWE hosts global women's fair

March 10, 2009

Ghana will host the 4th Global Women Entrepreneurs Trade and Investment Forum scheduled for July 23 to August 2, 2009 which will bring together African women entrepreneurs and women in business across the continent.

The theme for the fair is, "Women entrepreneurs' promoting intra-African and inter continental trade: Tool for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)".

The Global fair and investment forum was institutionalised in 1996 to create a platform for women entrepreneurs to discuss economic issues of vital importance and to mobilise women entrepreneurs to promote networking and consensus. Read more

2009 Women's Day - men and women together for develoment

March 3, 2009

The African Development Bank (AfDB) celebrates the 2009 International Women's Day, on the theme "Men and Women Together for Development". Read more

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