The various affiliates of BPW in Africa interpret BPW initiatives differently toreflect the areas of priority needs of their diverse peoples. Emphasis has beenon WEPs because of its particular relevance to the African experience. EPD haslittle relevance to Africa. CBW and Women Entrepreneurs and Trade is slowgoing because majority of women-owned businesses remain largely at theinformal sector level.We will examine some specific examples from the five subregions: Burkina FasoBPW Ougadougou is working well on WEPs 3 with focus on treatment andrehabilitation of victims of vesico vaginal fistula (VVF ) . This debilitatingmedical condition is one of the worst examples of violence against womenas it is one the consequences of forced early child marriage. BeninThe 3 clubs in Benin are working with rural women and artisans; buildingtheir capacity with the ultimate aim of assisting them to move theirbusinesses into the formal sector (related to WEPs 4 and 5). Presently, 90percent if not more of African women run their businesses at the informalsector level.
NigeriaBPW Nigeria’s area of emphasis is WEPs 3, specifically breast andcervical cancer screening. Over 1000 women have been screenedbetween February 2012 and now with problem cases referred forfurther investigation and these are being closely followed up.It is also doing well on WEPs 4 building the skills of the womenfarmers in a poor community close to Abuja, so that they mighthave alternate income generating activities during out of farmingseasons.
SudanBPW Bahry focuses on WEPs 3 and 4 offfering vocational training topromote small and medium business ownership specially younguniversity graduates and young BPW as well as health awarenesscampaigns in rural areas .
South AfricaBPW Johannesburg, South Africa is leading in its response toWEPs initiative. 99 CEOs in South Africa have signed theStatement of Support for the WEPs to date!REGIONAL CONGRESS Preparations are in top gear a successful hosting of the regional congress inSouth Africa. The date of the Congress has been is July 18-20. The venue of the conference is Thaba Ya Batswana meaning “Mountain ofthe Tswana People”. Surrounded by the Southern Johannesburg metropolis,this hotel captures the spirit of Africa. (See promotional video of the venue).