The 2nd annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, honoured in over 144 countries worldwide by celebrating, supporting and empowering women entrepreneurs and women in business, will be taking place on November 14th 2016 at the Saxon hotel.
As an established advocate for women entrepreneurs in her field and South Africa’s WED ambassador, Nola Mashaba brings together a host of experience and opportunity for innovation and development for women entrepreneurs in the country. Commenting on WED South Africa 2016, Mashaba noted that she “couldn’t agree more with the WED global initiative because when you empower a woman you empower a nation. By women coming together, marking the global celebration and observance of WED serves as a launch pad for ideas and business opportunities for the community as a whole. On the 14th of November we come together as a network to achieve success to help and support female entrepreneurs in South Africa.”
Included in the WED agenda is the Award Ceremony Luncheon. Forbes Woman Africa and WED-SA will award these female Pioneers, Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Innovators at the event. Worldwide, WED awardees are women of excellence and industry leaders in Business, Philanthropy, Social Responsibility, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Fashion and Beauty.
Previously at the United Nations, New York, an Education Philanthropy Pioneer Award was given to President Barack Obama’s grandmother Mama Sarah Obama, for her work in bringing gender equality to education in Kenya.
Last year’s WED Awards, presented by Forbes Woman Africa, were awarded to four women in business:
- Wendy Luhabe was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year;
- Linda Olagunju was lauded as Emerging Entrepreneur;
- Lebo Selloane was recognised as Innovator of the Year, and
- Ipeleng Mkhari as Pioneer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
“It’s inspiring to see women across the globe unite for a single cause,” said Wendy Diamond, Founder and President of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. “By donating their time, effort and resources to Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, they are not only celebrating, supporting and empowering women in business in over 100 countries, but also contributing to global unification.”
WED will also launch its first annual Choose Women Wednesday on November 30, 2016. Although, similar to Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday in the United States, Choose Women Wednesday will be a global initiative, encouraging people worldwide to show their support to women-owned businesses. A social media campaign will simultaneously begin, inspiring people to post on social media with the hashtag #ChooseWOMEN and make a pledge to donate “time,” “talent” or “treasure.” At the UN event, WED will also announce a new e-commerce directory that will allow consumers to shop online with retailers that have come together to support women-owned businesses . A percentage of sales will fund the organisation’s goal of distributing 100,000 microloans to women to start their own businesses across the world in impoverished areas.