WEConnect International in Nigeria identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
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News and Events
(October 28, 2016) The Guardian will host a live Twitter chat on how we can support the economic empowerment of women in Nigeria on Thursday, November. Among those participating on the expert panel is Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria Shade Ladipo. Panelists will address a number of topics and questions:
"In Nigeria in particular, the need to accelerate opportunities for women is more important than ever. Though it is Africa’s largest economy, the country slipped into recession in August for the first time in a decade. It is one of the most unequal countries in the world: more than 80 million people (64% of the population) are living below the poverty line.
(October 25, 2016) This month Exquisite Magazine released its nominee list for the 8th edition of their ELOY (Exquisite Ladies of the Year) Awards 2016. WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise FemiHandbags is among the nominees in the "Female Accessory Designer" category. You can vote for FemiHandbags and other women business owners and professionals online. Winners will receive their awards on November 27 at the Intercontinental Hotel Lagos.
(October 11, 2016) Dr. Ibilola Amao, owner of WEConnect International certified business Lonadek, was recently selected to participate in the Vital Voices 100 Retreat held on October 10-15 in California, USA. Through the Innovation Partnerships Initiative, Vital Voices partners with a select group of 100 of the most engaged and visionary members of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network to develop tailored support to enable them to achieve their bold and innovative visions for changing their communities and countries. For the first time in Vital Voices’ history, they are convening the most exceptional 100 women in their network through a strategic partnership with WEConnect International Corporate Member Johnson & Johnson. The gathering will comprise a four-day program of individualized capacity building, including Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute; sharing of best practices across the network and problem-solving among network peers; and partnering with Vital Voices to galvanize the larger Global Leadership Network.