Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire’s Joëlle Abega-Oyouomi is one such example. She is the first-ever female factory manager in Nestlé Central and West Africa.
Google has appointed Agnes Gathaiya as Country Director for East Africa with her role being managing regional operations for the region.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) have launched a cooperative project to enhance the digital ecosystem and build digital skills for women in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
In Niger, the agricultural sector employs 8 out of 10 people; It is estimated that if the gender gap was closed in agricultural productivity, it would unlock financial gains that could lift over 25,000 Nigeriens out of poverty.
KenGen Board of Directors, exercising its powers given under Article 94 of the Articles of Association of the Company, has renewed the employment contract for the Managing Director & CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano for another three years.
The East African Community has kicked-off national launches of the 50 Million African Women Speak Networking Platform.
The Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) to implement the 2020-2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa programme.
An upsurge in cases of malnutrition among children in rural Tanzania, combined with the issue of poor markets for farmers, inspired Jolenta Joseph to venture into the nutrition business in 2017.
Vodacom Group has announced Raisibe Morathi as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced its third funding allocation comprising $49.3 million, expected to benefit over 15,000 women-led businesses.
In support of Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity, the WFP has started providing financial assistance for mothers registered under the Ministry’s ‘Takaful and Karama’ programme and their children under 2 years to prevent malnutrition.
According to Mercer’s When Women Thrive 2020, Sub-Saharan Africa Report, key areas such as advancing and retaining female employees have shown some progress over the past few years.
COMESA will start conducting national launches of a digital platform known as the 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWSP) Project specifically designed to address the information needs of women in business in the region.
Women working in the textile sector in Burundi will soon be able to produce high quality cloth after undergoing skills and entrepreneurial empowerment through an incubator project supported by the Federation of Women in Business for Eastern and Southern Africa.
South African civil and structural engineering consulting firm, Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) and investment holding company, Motseng Women Investments announced the acquisition of 100% equity of Mott MacDonald Africa.
Whilst female entrepreneurship is on the rise globally, The World Bank's research shows that female entrepreneurs tend to encounter a unique set of challenges in starting and running their businesses.
South African businesswoman, engineer and natural gas expert Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo has joined the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board for 2020 and 2021.
Facebook has unveiled ‘Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business’ – a book heroing the careers, lives and life lessons of 13 inspirational South African business women and changemakers.
Agriculture in the African continent has increasingly come under severe strain due to increased population, changing access to resources and evolving markets, climate change and the global COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.
The Women's Program Engagement Council has launched a new initiative christened 'Titans Tank' to allow women entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and existing business to the public and the WPEC community.
When it comes to making good business decisions, representation matters. Always. The acknowledgement of this truth is what has led to the wide-ranging racial transformation of businesses across South Africa over the past 20 years.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its nutrition support programme for the first time in Khartoum for 175,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under five, in collaboration with the Khartoum State Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and the Ministry of Local Governance and Rural Development announced a GHC 2.5 million pilot support from Global Affairs Canada to Women’s Farmer-Based Organizations (WFBOs).
DFC and the members of the 2X Challenge have catalyzed more than $4.5 billion of investment in the world’s women, far surpassing the initiative’s initial goal of $3 billion by the end of 2020
South Africa's digital system aggregator and solution provider Nexio has appointed Mickey Mashale as the company's chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from 1 August 2020.
Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s flagship pan-African initiative
The Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange appointed Ms. Abena Amoah as the Deputy Managing Director of the Exchange, effective August 1, 2020.
The Federation of National Association of Women in Business, Zimbabwe Chapter has launched a micro-finance institution to support women economic empowerment.
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) has appointed Victoria Sabula as its permanent Chief Executive Officer.
IFC is launching a new advisory program to improve women employment opportunities in Egypt, by highlighting how private sector companies can tap into the country’s large, underutilized female talent pool and spur economic growth.
Neema Lugangira’s enterprise Healthy Maisha, meaning Healthy Life, operates in Tanzania’s commercial city of Dar es Salaam and seeks to bridge the nutrition gap, and iron deficiency in particular.
Engineer Elizabeth Rogo, the Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services and President for East Africa at the African Energy Chamber has been appointed Non-Executive Director on the Board of Kenya Power.
IBM has appointed Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as General Manager for IBM North, East and West Africa.
The African Development Bank has made the empowerment of women and youth a priesthood in Madagascar.
Twenty thousand farmers, youth and agriculture communities in Kenya stand to benefit from training programmes on sustainable agriculture practices to be launched by Corteva Agriscience.
Financial inclusion non-profit Kiva is announcing a partnership under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative with USAID to advance women’s economic empowerment.
The COMESA National Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (FEMCOM) Chapter in DR Congo has embarked on a $2.3 million project to support women in business.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announces the appointment of Wambui Gichuri as Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 5 July 2020.
IFC is boosting its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering new incentives for financial institutions to provide loans to SMEs in the poorest countries and to women entrepreneurs across all emerging markets.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a three-year partnership in Ethiopia to support the Government in preventing acute malnutrition in children and mothers.
In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.
Sasol has appointmented Priscillah Mabelane as Executive Vice President, Energy Business, effective 1 September 2020 and she will also serve as a member of Sasol’s Group Executive Committee (GEC).
For the past five decades, the African Development Bank Group has been at the forefront of driving Africa’s economic transformation, leveraging its diverse resources and unique know-how as an indigenous development finance institution.
Taelo Mojapelo has been appointed the new CEO for BP Southern Africa, succeeding Priscillah Mabelane who was notably the first woman in South Africa’s oil history to head up a multinational company.
Sanda Ojiambo, Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact has been appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Africa Oil & Power (AOP) has pledged its commitment to the ‘Equal by 30’ campaign to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition.
Mastercard to connect one billion people, 50 million small businesses, 25 million women entrepreneurs to the digital economy by 2025
Mastercard has expanded its worldwide commitment to financial inclusion, pledging to bring a total of 1 billion people and 50 million micro and small businesses into the digital economy by 2025.
As the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold, it becomes clear that some will be hit harder than others.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. We are witnessing an increase in innovations as the world races to develop a vaccine to treat COVID-19.
The African Energy Chamber has become a signatory to the Equal by 30 Campaign which calls for equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
Stanbic IBTC Holdings, a member of Standard Bank Group, has reaffirmed its exemplary role in promoting the tenets of gender balance in the country.
Josephine Pretorius is the founder and CEO of Consolidated Marketing Services, CMS, a South African startup offering marketing and PR services to clients predominantly in the energy and power infrastructure sector.
Terry Macharia is a founder and Managing Partner at Secvate Solutions, an information technology startup domiciled in Nairobi Kenya that has since 2018 been offering customized software solutions, cyber security consultancy and data analytics.
Oxfam International, together with over 100 NGOs, activists, and academics, raised an alarm regarding the plummeting Somali remittances amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The World Bank approved $273 million for Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger to facilitate access to services for millions of people through the West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Program.
Following the successful development and global launch of the 50 Million African Women Speak Platform in November 2019, everything was looking up for this first-of its-kind intervention to empower women in the COMESA region.
The African Energy Chamber has appointed Eng. Elizabeth Rogo, Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services, as its President for East Africa.
The EBRD, together with the European Union (EU), is stepping up efforts to support small and medium-sized enterprises managed and owned by businesswomen in Morocco, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Weber Shandwick announced the appointment of Ipelegeng (Ipi) Thibedi as the new CEO of its African operations.
AfDB approves Gender Equality Trust Fund, Risk-Sharing Mechanism to improve women’s economic empowerment in Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a new Gender Equality Trust Fund (GETF) aimed at pushing forward gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent.
Mastercard has launched the rollout of its first 2020 Girls4Tech programme in Kenya.
WARIF founder Dr Kemi DaSilva says she’s doubling down in her efforts to help vulnerable populations in rural Nigeria.
Cisco has announced the appointment of Elisabeth De Dobbeleer to lead its Partner Organisation for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR).
The Board of Directors at the South African Airways (SAA) announced it has accepted the request from Ms Zuks Ramasia, SAA Acting CEO, for early retirement with her last date of employ being14 April 2020.
For over a century the world has marked the month of March with tributes to women for strides made in elevating women’s achievements.
The African Development Bank has revived an important aquaculture project in Cote d’Ivoire, and launched the women and youth component of the project to build electricity systems.
Global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, Paxful, is shining the spotlight on the contribution women are making to the rapidly growing blockchain and bitcoin industries.
Mastercard has launched the rollout of its first 2020 Girls4Tech programme in Nigeria.
WHO, United Nations Volunteers launch Africa Women Health Champions to improve health and gender equality
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have launched the Africa Women Health Champions initiative to support WHO in improving people’s health and well-being in the region.
Google has announced that it will double its commitment to women in Africa and aims to train 20,000 women this year.
Over the past decade, there has been growing focus on empowering women in agriculture - and with good reason.
A cutting-edge hospital in the Abidjan suburb of Bingerville is reducing maternal mortality rates in the world’s largest cocoa producer, proving the promise of public-private partnerships.
Ethiopian Airlines operated an all-women functioned flight to Washington DC.
IFC, the Egyptian Exchange, UN Women, and the Egyptian Institute of Directors partnered during the annual Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event to encourage the private sector expand economic opportunities for women in Egypt.
The world is increasingly going digital and technology that could only be imagined a decade ago is now reality.
BP Angola has increased its financial grant to $6.1 million over four years to support the work in Angola of British landmine clearance charity the HALO Trust.
As globalization increasingly opens borders of trade for Africa, Traders of Africa, a Nigerian startup is offering the continent’s farmers and traders an opportunity to tap into this goldmine through an online marketplace.
“There should be equality for all – men and women – at all levels, and all ages” was the compelling call from Anna, one of our young female talents at Nestlé CWA Ltd, about gender equality.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is launching its MENA Women Banking Champions program in Maghreb to help expand access to finance and boost financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
Priscilla Musenge runs a Zambia-based startup Prote-IN producing low cost, high quality protein alternatives from insects to make fish, chicken, pig feed, fertilizer as well as for human consumption.
IFC announced a $25 million local-currency investment in a risk-sharing facility to expand Union Bank’s lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Bajabulile “Swazi” Tshabalala as Acting Senior Vice President of the Bank.
An online business networking platform aimed at connecting 50 million women entrepreneurs across Africa has been launched.
Kenya women are embracing motorcycles for empowerment with bikers clubs emerging as form of social support.
Christelle Assirou, a serial entrepreneur from Côte d’Ivoire, is revolutionizing e-commerce in her country and beyond.
Mars in a $10 million deal with CARE to boost women agribusiness initiative in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
Mars has partnered with CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, to promote women’s social and economic empowerment in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
South Africans are called to raise their awareness and their defences to counter gender-based cybercrimes. This raised awareness also applies to the world of cybercrime.
Uber has launched a high-impact learning programme to help women drivers and those in their communities to develop the skills needed to thrive as independent entrepreneurs and make the most of earning opportunities.
Cathy Ibal has been named CNN International Commercial’s (CNNIC) Senior Vice President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and will be reporting to Rani Raad, the President of CNNIC.
African leaders are putting women front and center of efforts to drive the continent’s economic growth through a game-changing fund that invests in women fund managers and also provides technical assistance.
U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan has inaugurated a shea butter processing facility and warehouse for the Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative in Northern Ghana.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malawi has signed a delegated cooperation agreement with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development targeting women farmers.
Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt’s leading private sector bank, has been included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI).
UN Secretary-General appoints AGRA President Agnes Kalibata Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
AGRA President Dr. Agnes Kalibata has been announced as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.
The World Bank in partnership with the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Switzerland, is launching a new, expanded phase of an advisory program to help improve access to finance MSMEs across the MENA region.
DFC, Merck for Mothers, Credit Suisse, and USAID will pursue supporting LifeBank’s efforts to expand access to lifesaving medical products namely blood and blood products for mothers in Africa.
Irene Koki Mutungi, the first female African Dreamliner captain in the world has had a towering 23-year-career at Kenyan airlines.
The Board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) South Africa announces the appointment of Ms Zukiswa Potye as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Agency.
The UK is boosting support to female entrepreneurs in Africa, helping them overcome barriers to starting businesses and connecting them to global markets, announces the International Development Secretary Alok Sharma.
Standard Bank, Africa’s largest banking group by assets, is partnering with the UK Government to sponsor the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit, to be held in London on 20 January 2020.