Founding Member Organisations

The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network ANWBN is a coalition of 18 Women Business and Professional Associations in Nigeria with a membership of over 520, 000 entrepreneurs  who had come together with the common goal of encouraging and improving sustainable entrepreneurial development among women through research, advocacy and policy reform initiatives. The Association was born in February 2013, with the support of the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).  ANWBN serves as a unifying voice to address effectively, issues affecting business and professional women across the thirty-six states of Nigeria, including the FCT, Abuja.  The association has as its:


A vibrant and premier coalition of professional and business women membership organizations in Nigeria, dedicated to promoting policy reforms that ensure sustainable economic development; and as its.


To improve the capacity of members and encourage sustainable entrepreneurship development among women through advocacy in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

Objectives, are to:

  1. Enhance democracy and good governance amongst its members.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of members to achieve entrepreneurship development.
  3. Be the driving force and provide solutions for women business development in Nigeria.
  4. Develop Business and Economic Policy Documents for submissions to, and discussions with, the Governments of Nigeria.
  5. Be a unifying voice to advocate effectively for professional and business women.
  6. Foster partnerships and alliances with business associations and the Nigerian Government in relevant economic and socio-political matters.

The Coalition is dedicated to the economic and socio-political development of Nigeria through a formalized system of Public-Private Dialogue among the three tiers of government, and other relevant stakeholders


ANWBN has in its capacity, and with the support of CIPE carried out numerous capacity building projects and research works aimed at tried to identifying some of these major impediments facing business and professional women, and seeking for credible ways of ameliorating them. In 2014, ANWBN conducted an advocacy project on access to credit for women entrepreneurs after a national survey carried out by her through a Consultant. With the adequate data collected from the survey, ANWBN developed policy recommendations to overcome these challenges, and subsequently approached the Central Bank of Nigeria, and other relevant government agencies in Nigeria, as well as commercial and development finance institutions to discuss the findings and seek support to improved women’s access to finance.

In 2016 also, ANWBN with the support of CIPE took time to examine the Business Environment under which Nigerian Women operate. With the engagement of a Consultant ANWBN gathered data on the challenges therein, and possible ways of overcoming them. Thereafter, she drafted a Policy Document and went further to develop a National Women Business Agenda which was launched in November, 2016 in Abuja. The Launch had in attendance, the relevant Heads and Representative from the Executive Arm of Government, Parliamentarians, Private Sectors Operators, Development Institutions, NGOs and other relevant Stakeholders. ANWBN is currently engaging in rapid advocacy projects to ensure actualization of the developed National Women Business Agenda. It is equally collaborating with different bodies on this program and more.

Profile Of Founding Member Organisations


ANWBN has as its founding members, the following Organizations:

1.Association of Nigerian Women in BusinessANWIB
2.Association of Women Farmers of NigeriaAWFN
3.Country Women Association of Nigeria COWAN
4.ECOWAS Federation of Business Women Entrepreneurs FEBWE
5.International Federation of Business and Professional WomenBPW Nigeria
6.International Women Society of LagosIWS
7.Market Women Association
9.NASME Women GroupNASME Women
10.NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial WomenNNEW
11.Nigerian Association of Women EntrepreneursNAWE
12.Nigerian Network of Women Exporters of ServicesNNWES
13.Women Entrepreneurship ProgramAWEP Nigeria
14.Women in Business and ManagementWIMBIZ
15.Women in Successful CareersWISCAR
16.Women’s Consortium of NigeriaWOCON
17.Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association of NigeriaWISTA
18.Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection AlternativeWRAPA

ANWBN is still open for Membership.