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COMESA to unveil a digital networking platform for women

by Wanjiku Mbugua

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is expected to launch national digital platforms specifically designed to address the information needs of women in the region.

COMESA will be rolling out the 50 Million African Women Speak platform in 14 Member States between August and November 2020 largely through virtual means owing to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The launches will kick off in Zimbabwe followed by Seychelles on 25 August.

The platform which is accessible at www.womenconnect.org primarily seeks to economically empower women by providing a one-stop-shop for a wide range of financial and non-financial services that women need to start and grow successful businesses.

The COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe has described the initiative as a very practical way of speaking to the general agenda of empowering women with its business resources and custom-built social networking features already attracting thousands of women and connecting them to do business with each other and share experiences in ways that were previously not possible.

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