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50 Million African Women Speak Project (50MAWSP)

The Gender Division is the hosting institution of the 50 Million African Women Speak Platform (50MAWSP) being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts (MYSA). The Platform was launched in 2020. The 50MAWSP is a digital empowerment initiative meant for women and youth entrepreneurs, connecting them with other entrepreneurs in 38 African Countries under Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Communities (EAC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).



50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWS) is a digital platform which is available via web and on mobile devices as an app. The platform is intended to empower millions of women in Africa to start, grow, and scale up businesses by providing a one-stop shop for their specific information needs. The 50MAWS platform aims to facilitate a dynamic and engaging exchange of ideas among women entrepreneurs, using in-built social media functionality to connect them with one another in ways that will foster peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and the sharing of information and knowledge within communities, and access to financial services and market opportunities between urban and rural areas, and across borders and between countries. Featuring information on doing business in 38 countries across the African continent, 50MAWS’ unique proposition is building a community of women entrepreneurs who will act as peers, mentors, advisors and financiers to each other. This social network is designed to help women to learn from each other, inspire each other and draw from the most comprehensive resource bank for information on various aspects of doing business. It will also facilitate access to training, business management tools and financing options specifically targeted to women. The expected outcome is to directly impact 50 million African women and create fair waged jobs for young people from the increased business activities and capital flow.


A two (2) day Awareness raising meeting on the 50 Million African Women Speak Network Platform Project (50MAWSP) for women and youth in Ndola on the Copperbelt. The 50MAWSP aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of women and youth through the provision of an online platform to access real-time information on financial and non-financial services.
The meeting took place at Nsanika Lodge in Ndola.