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Coalition set to tackle issues faced by women doing business in Nigeria

The Association for Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), a coalition of over 50 different women associations focused on business and career development of its members will be hosting the first-ever Nigerian Women Business Virtual Summit (NWBS 200).

In a statement sent by the association, it stated that ANWBN serves as the apex (private sector) body committed to mitigating the challenges faced by women pursuing business and career growth and has a combined membership of over four million (4,000,000) women entrepreneurs.

In 2016, ANWBN published the first edition of the Women National Business Agenda (WNBA), a vital tool that served to identify laws and regulations that hinder the business activity of women and also offer concrete recommendations and reforms to remove these barriers and improve the business climate.

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Since the initial study, several changes have taken place within the women business community as well as the socio-economic and socio-political environments across Nigeria. Furthermore, the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the unprecedented global response it necessitated has required further revision of the WNBA.

The Nigerian Women Business Summit (NWBS) 2020, a three-day virtual event that will hold from 29th September – 1st October 2020 will serve as a platform to launch the updated Women National Business Agenda and also galvanize action towards addressing the five identified key challenges faced by women who do business in Nigeria.

The theme for this Summit is ‘From Fear to Hope: Scaling Women Business Impact for a Decade of Action’.

Renowned international and national speakers/panellists drawn from the public and private sector, as well as civil society, will converge to discuss and proffer solutions to issues like lack of access to finance, gender inequality, insecurity, poor infrastructure and inadequate power. Over 30,000 guests are expected to attend.

ANWBN is working with various strategic partners to ensure the success of this summit including the Center for International Private Enterprise, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, 1024 Concepts Ltd amongst others.

The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network is a coalition of originally 18 pioneer primary organizations, established in February 2013 under the auspices of the Centre For International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

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