Dare 2 Aspire: Women in Entrepreneurship
Dare 2 Aspire was the flagship event of the GEW celebration. It was held on the 20th November 2019, at the Hotel Cabenda, Freetown. It was dedicated to women; women who are actively involved in entrepreneurship or dare to aspire into entrepreneurial endeavors.
The event was officially opened by Ambassador Tom Vens, the European Union Ambassador to Sierra Leone. He stepped for the Mayor of Freetown was could make the opening, but came later. (See rest of this report).
In Sierra Leone, women represent a large untapped market as emerging business leaders. 52.8% of our youth population are women. Approximately 84% of rural women and 63% of urban women operate micro-enterprises such as small-scale farming, table-top trading, artisanal mining, and small-scale fishing.
Women’s participation in entrepreneurship is crucial as it can enhance the expansion of economic goods whilst leading to less inequality, simultaneously. Investment in entrepreneurship targeting female as well as male youth is critical to ensure Sierra Leone can harness its demographic dividend.
Consequently, Dare2Aspire celebrated women in Entrepreneurship. This year, it consisted of:
- A mini expo of women owned businesses
- Financial inclusion clinic for women entrepreneurs
- A series of discussions and debates by women entrepreneurs
- A pitch night consisting of a panel of women entrepreneurs and women pitchers.
- Panel discussion on fashion as an alternative career path
- A Fashion show