Movement puts spotlight on women entrepreneurs in SA and abroad

Entrepreneurship is not an easy path.

It is even more challenging for women without access to resources because of gender inequality.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is an UN-recognized day, celebrated annually on 17 November, to observe and discuss the work of women entrepreneurs.

The global movement was founded by US businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Diamond in 2014, and has since grown to be celebrated in 144 countries.

A burgeoning community of women entrepreneurs has emerged in South Africa, explains WED SA ambassador Nola Mashaba.

There are so many opportunities for women out there, but they do not necessarily have the platform to plug in and identify where to play.

Nola Mashaba, WED South Africa Ambassador

The development of women entrepreneurs is key to transforming South Africa's society and economy, Mashaba advises.

Renewable energy entrepreneur Meta Maponya says black women entrepreneurs are especially disadvantaged.

We need these moments and these days to reflect.

Meta Maponya, Renewable energy entrepreneur

Maponya explains that the WED platform allows women to share ideas, support each and network.

WED will host events in Joburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Durban and Cape Town.

The pair spoke about the challenges facing women entrepreneurs and shared their personal journeys.

Take a listen to the discussion during the Entrepreneur Corner with Eusebius McKaiser:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Movement puts spotlight on women entrepreneurs in SA and abroad


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