In commemoration with the International Women’s month, the Global Entrepreneurship Network-Ghana (GEN – Ghana), is partnering the British Council, Ghana, to host the maiden Ghana Women in Social Enterprise Month throughout the month of March.
Dubbed the “Ghana Women in Social Enterprise (GWISE) Month’ it aims to promote women in social enterprise to generate social good through sustainable business opportunities, while fostering economic inclusion for women.
The theme for the month-long activities and events is: “Fostering Women Economic Inclusion through Social Enterprise”.
“We aim to host a series of events in the month of March 2019 to put a spotlight on Women in Social Enterprise, while commemorating the International Women’s Month of celebrations, Mr Stephen Gyasi-Kwaw, Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network-Ghana, told the Ghana News Agency.
He said the project seeks to expose opportunities and inspire women in social enterprise to realize their potential to start and grow their own social businesses as well as to equip existing and aspiring female social entrepreneurs with practical tools, insights, experts, and resources to accelerate their successes.
It would also connect female entrepreneurs with a broad community, and thriving, diverse and relevant networks, engage and provide a platform for the social enterprise ecosystem, examining research, public policies and successful approaches towards promoting women social entrepreneurship in Ghana.
Among the slated signature events for the GWISE Month, which would be held in both Accra and Kumasi, are Policy forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment through social enterprise that would bring together, stakeholders in academia, policy makers, female social entrepreneurs, development partners, and the private sector for a conversation on the current constraints faced by female social entrepreneurs across Ghana, specifically focusing on accessing finance, training, and markets.
It would feature addresses, panel discussions, exhibitions by female-run enterprises and the launch of the British Council’s latest research report “Activist to Entrepreneur: The role of social enterprise in supporting women’s empowerment in Ghana”.
The workshop would educate and equip women in social enterprise and women-led non-profits with the knowledge and skills for accessing various sources of finance for growth.
It would also introduce participants to an upcoming Funding Space accelerator programme in Ghana, which would enable them shape their social business to become investment ready.
There would also be a Women in Social Enterprise “Connect Night”, which would bring together women in social enterprise to network, share ideas and connect, to climax activities of the International Women’s day celebrations.
Another event, ‘Access funding Master class for women in social enterprise’ would be held to educate and equip women in social enterprise and women-led non-profits enterprises with the knowledge and skills for accessing various sources of finance for growth.
There would also be series of media engagements to drive up the profile and impact of women in social enterprise in Ghana, which would involve the profiling of some leading female social entrepreneurs on various media platforms.
A women in Social Enterprise Town Hall events would be held to bring together existing female social entrepreneurs from various industries in a town hall meeting format to inspire, educate and mentor young and aspiring female entrepreneurs on the art of starting and growing a social enterprise as a woman, by sharing their entrepreneurial journeys and experiences.
“We will host a series of online conversations on women in social entrepreneurship in the areas of Accessing Training Opportunities for Women in Social Enterprise Twitter Chat, focusing on sharing experiences and best practices in social enterprise; successes and failures, differences and similarities from various cultures in Ghana and in the UK, Mr Gyasi-Kwaw said.
The GEN-Ghana is an entrepreneurship advancement organization that provides and promote a platform of local and international programmes aimed at making it easier for people to start and scale a sustainable business.
GEN-Ghana is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, which operates in over 160 countries independently, working to build one entrepreneurial ecosystem around the world.