THE First Lady, Mama Salma Kikwete, will on, Tuesday, launch the Month of Women Entrepreneurs (MOWE 2013) event at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam.
The annual event, which closes on Saturday, is organised by the Month of Women Entrepreneurs Committee in collaboration with the International Labour Organization’s Women Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment Project (WEDEE) and WAMA Foundation.
It aims at promoting the Decent Work agenda and women entrepreneurship as a source of employment to men and women, including Tanzanian youths. MOWE 2013 supports the call by the government, private sector and the United Nations to promote entrepreneurship among young women in the country.
This year’s event carries the theme, Msichana Amka, Ujasiriamali ni Ajira – which encourages young women to opt for entrepreneurship as a career and a source of employment.
The event, according to a programme, is set to bring together about 150 women entrepreneurs from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar as well as from neighbouring countries.
The Month of Women Entrepreneurs aims at widely promoting the roles played by women entrepreneurs in job creation, increasing household (livelihood) income capacity, as well as their contribution to enterprise development, economic growth and socio economic development in Tanzania.
Since 2006 the MOWE has brought together more than 1,500 women entrepreneurs from all over the country and from the neighbouring country of Malawi to participate in various entrepreneurship and business management forums to build their capacity to improve and expand their enterprises.
Moreover, the event provides a platform for women to network, exhibit and market their products. Increasingly MOWE has brought visibility of various talents, skills, products services, enterprises and market opportunities for local women entrepreneurs.
The MOWE committee includes members from the International Labour Organization, WAMA Foundation, women entrepreneurs associations (TAFOPA, HOT, TANCRAFT, TWCC, CISO) and other stakeholders.
The MOWE exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase what thousands of women member organizations and individual women entrepreneurs are already doing to help foster a culture that embraces innovation and creativity.