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:
- Enhance democracy and good governance amongst its members.
- Strengthen the capacity of members to achieve entrepreneurship development.
- Be the driving force and provide solutions for women business development in Nigeria.
- Develop Business and Economic Policy Documents for submissions to, and discussions with, the Governments of Nigeria.
- Be a unifying voice to advocate effectively for professional and business women.
- 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.
ANWBN is still open for Membership.