How it all began

The Pan African Women Empowerment Summit (PAWES) is a unique event that brings women leaders and entrepreneurs together for purposes of networking, learning how to leverage on the opportunities presented by the AfCFTA and the IATF which is a signature event supported by 55 AU members states. Sequel to a successful Pan African Women Empowerment Summit (PAWES 2022) with women representing 24 countries, concrete decisions were taken to implement resolutions throughout the year until the next PAWES in 2023.

About PAWES

The African Union (AU) leaders declared 2020-2030 as the decade of Financial and Economic Inclusion of African Women. The UN Women in partnership with the UNCSW NGO Action Coalition (Beijing+25 and Generation Equality), also presented concrete roadmap towards the acceleration of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls towards realization of SDG 5. The Annual Pan African Transformational Leadership Summit is one of our flagship programs towards realization of SDG 5 and women’s inclusion in strategic decision-making positions.  The case study approach of our Summits guarantees the participants concrete take home lessons that can be replicated at a personal and organization level.

Intensify Women Leadership Development, Coaching and Mentorship

  • Map out all existing international and national organisations, public and private entities that exists with the purpose of providing support, resource, finance and training for women and young people across the continent. Create an online resource portal
  • Create linkages across regions and countries with these existing women empowerment entities and development agencies to inform policy and influence allocation of resource.
  • Develop a mentorship programme that connect established women in business who have achieved levels of success and have gathered experience to share with emerging women entrepreneurs.
  • Target sector specific interventions to propel the agenda of women’s economic and financial inclusion across the African continent.
  • Utilise the digital marketplaces that exist, in Africa, for showcasing products and services, whilst developing more African women owned and run platforms that link suppliers and buyers for ease of access to local and global markets.
  • Use ICT infrastructure as key communication and information sharing tools and to actively engage key stakeholders in the roll out of more accessible, affordable internet and exploring the use of renewable energy.