WOMEN IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (WIDA) President: Mrs Madelein Mkunu July 2013
AFRICAN WOMEN: AN OLD PERSPECTIVE When you think about African Women…. What comes to mind?
AFRICAN WOMEN: THE SHIFT Another reality? Another perspective?
LEADING WOMEN OF AFRICA (LWA) Who are we? An established, trusted & respected network Aggressive about Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment through access to Trade and investment opportunities Comprising of 15000 in Africa of which 95% Women of Africa 70% Women SMME 60% Women in Infrastructure Development 99% of the delegation at this conference are in Infrastructure Development
LEADING WOMEN OF AFRICA (LWA) What mechanism have we created? Structured program development and implementation which include: Integrated Africa Desk which focuses on: Research, dissemination of information, Training and Structured Women only - Regional and International Trade Missions Aim of these trade Missions: Create Linkages between Women in business Promote Inter-African Trade Access to opportunities – e.g: an SA group f Women being awarded a 20000 houses project Connect with Investors, Funders, Technical partners (e.g G20- Africa Conference)
WOMEN IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (WIDA) Mission To ensure that women emerge as successful leaders within the infrastructure development sector Objectives Ensure women’s integration and participation PIDA Create support mechanisms to increase the number of women- owned Companies in infrastructure development Advocate, at policy and other levels, the participation of women in the infrastructure sector in Africa Promote infrastructure and other technical skills development, advancement and transfer
WOMEN IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (WIDA) Core Activities At Policy Level Women inclusion in Infrastructure Projects A Minimum of 30% affirmative action At Operational Level Creation of a Women In Infrastructure & Skills Fund At Partnership Level Establish relevant women in infrastructure network platforms Facilitate access to opportunities
WOMEN IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (WIDA) Why Now? Infrastructure Development a Top Africa Agenda Infrastructure a multi-billion dollar industry Infrastructure a “mine” for Sustainable economic opportunities Equitable distribution of wealth and hence sustainable social & environmental opportunities
WHERE TO FROM HERE? What we are NOT looking for
WHERE TO FROM HERE? What we ARE looking for? WE WANT A WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIP
IN PRACTICAL TERMS HOW CAN YOU PARTNER WITH US? TODAY! Make our Travelling worth the effort by: 1. Partnering with women in existing projects: 20000 houses and more, Waste to Energy Project, Mining Projects, Agriculture Project… 2. Connecting with potential funders for Women Infrastructure and Skills Fund 3. Partnering with LWA for Research, information, Communication, Access, Support… - reaching as many women as possible.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU OUTSIDE! THANK YOU & MERCI CONTACT US: Tel: + 27 21 551 9929 Mobile: +27 74 077 1659 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.leadingwomenofafrica.com Skype: women.feminar