About Us

Empowering African Women to Lead and Succeed

Pan African Women Empowerment Network (PAWEN) stands at the forefront of bridging gender inequality through education and empowerment. Our goal is to empower African women with the competence, confidence, and connections they need to succeed as career professionals and entrepreneurs.

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Our Vision

A world in which every African Woman is Inspired and Empowered to maximize their potential.

We dream of a future where every African woman, regardless of her background, has the opportunity to succeed in business and career, contributing significantly to the prosperity and progress of the African continent and beyond.
Our vision extends beyond individual success; it’s about creating an ecosystem of women who are crushing it and supporting other women too to succeed.

Our Mission

Creating a world where every african woman achieves her full potential

Creating an ecosystem that equips African Women with the Competence, Confidence and Connections to lead and succeed in Business and Careers. Our mission revolves around three pivotal elements:


We believe in the power of education and practical skills. Through our innovative EdTech initiatives, we provide cutting-edge, collaborative learning programs tailored to enhance the professional competencies of African women. Our curriculum is designed to not only impart knowledge but also to equip our participants with practical skills that can be immediately applied in real-world scenarios


We believe in the power of Mentors, Coaches and Role Models. Confidence building is at the core of our approach. By nurturing self-belief and assurance in their abilities, we help African women to overcome barriers and stride confidently towards their goals. Our programs are designed to nurture a mindset of resilience, leadership, and excellence.


We believe in the power of networks as a significant bridge to success. At PAWEN, we understand that a robust network is the backbone of professional and entrepreneurial success. Our dedication to facilitating connections transcends borders, linking members with a diverse, global community of peers, mentors, coaches. These influential connections are not just contacts; they are catalysts for growth, opportunity, and leadership.

Together, these elements form the cornerstone of our mission to empower African women, paving the way for them to lead and succeed, thereby creating a ripple effect of positive change across the African continent and the world.

Our strategic initiatives

She Trades​

Girlpreneur Africa Program (GAP) is designed to empower African female students in higher institutions (universities, polytechnics e.t.c)

She Leads

Are you a female leader looking to take your career to the next level? Our “Onboard her” program is designed just for YOU.

She Invests

According to the AFDB, there is a staggering $42 billion funding gap faced by female entrepreneurs across Africa...

PAWEN Awards

The PAWENpreneur Awards is a celebration of the spirit and success of African women, from the entrepreneurial women who start....

Our Programs

Our Programs empower African women with the Competence, Confidence and Connections to lead and succeed as Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs. Our curriculum and learning methodology for each program comprise the following elements:

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Case Study reviews

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Learning Videos

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Masterclass Sessions

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Mentoring and Coaching sessions

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Peer-review Sessions

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Reading Materials

Our global faculty, which comprise over 70 business leaders drawn from across academia and business from Silicon Valley to Africa,  is the backbone of all our programs. They are passionately committed to empowering African women to thrive and include masterclass facilitators, mentors, coaches, and seasoned entrepreneurs, who bring a diverse wealth of knowledge and expertise to the programs.

Their hands-on experience in various industries, coupled with a genuine desire to nurture competence, confidence, and connections, equips our participants with the invaluable skills and insights needed to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

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