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Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, Leading Women of Africa (LWA) is a registered Not-for-profit Company (NPC) with the aim to advance leadership and economic development of women entrepreneurs in Africa. LWA was founded in May of 2008 by Mrs Madelein Mkunu, as a Pan African Forum that continuously promotes efforts to position women’s economic empowerment at the focal point the 21st Century’s goals on sustainable development. LWA was launched with the endorsement of the South African Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and in collaboration with the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN).
                                        LWA Champions
                                CLOSING DATE: 15 JUNE 2015

Toward a sustainable and inclusive economic growth and Development

In the words of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, LWA Patron: “This is an approach that will bring about the need to recognise that women play a very important role in all areas of human endeavours. The 21st century is time for men to look at women as equal partner in political, social and economic development” said Dr Kaunda in his special message to the leaders. Please watch the video for full message:

LWA launched its new programme” LWA Champions”

Women were honored with the attendance of high profile men from corporate sector and government at the launch events that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town in August 2014.

Women Doing Business in Africa – Addis Ababa, 27-29 August 2014

There was a large delegation of South Sudanese and South African business women who attended the trade mission. Local business women came in great number.

Diplomatic and Government officials as well as the Media were among the delegates at the seminar on 27th August. The opening remarks were provided by Mr. Kebour Ghenna (Executive Director of PACCI); Mrs. Madelein Mkunu (President of Leading Women of Africa); Mrs. Likyelesh Abay (Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Investment Agency); Mrs. Hadia M. Gondji (President of the Ethiopian Women Exporter’s Association); Ms. Seble Hailu (President of Association of Women in Business) and Mrs. Nigest Haile (Executive Director, Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment (CAWEE).

  Honoring Mrs Maryam Abacha, former First Lady
of Nigeria, June 2014

During our recent visit to Nigeria, we had the privilege of being hosted by Mrs Maryam Abacha, former First Lady of Nigeria at her residence in Sokoro. Mrs Abacha also received a Leadership Award from Leading Women of Africa (LWA) for her ongoing support for women empowerment.
  Trade Policy Forum (TPF) Luncheon:
Washington DC, November 5th, 2013

TPF is a non-partisan, invitation-only educational and networking group of approximately one-hundred women in senior international trade positions. Their members are working at the highest levels throughout government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Formed in 1986, their mission is to engage members in off-the-record, informal discussions on trade and public policy issues. Madelein Mkunu was specially invited to share about Leading Women of Africa's (LWA) mission, vision and activities on women's trade and economic growth on the African continent.
  LWA Submission: Giving a Woman’s Entrepreneur on AGOA Performance

Leading Women of Africa (LWA) respectfully submits its comment to the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) in support of the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is scheduled to expire in 2015.

  Women Doing Business in Africa  InvestmentAddis Ababa 27-29 August 2014

Women doing business in Africa are series of seminars and Trade Missions that bring together women entrepreneurs and business leaders that have Africa as part of their growth strategy, in order to access trade and investment opportunities on the continent. Register

  LWA to attend the Corporate Africa G20-Africa Investment Conference London, 17-19 July 2013
Leading Women of Africa (LWA) will be part of the G20 Africa Infrastructure Investment Conference
due to take place from 17-19 July 2013, Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London. 

  LWA to launch Women in Infrastructure Development in Africa (WIDA)

Madelein Mkunu, President and Founder of Leading Women of Africa, one of Africa’s fast growing leadership and empowerment organization for women in

  Recipient of  Women Advancement Forum, Johannesburg, 28 April – 3 May 2013

Mrs Mkunu receives Awards at the Women Advancement Forum

United States Department of State – Strengthening Leadership Capacity and Professional Skills: 
A Women’s Economic Empowerment Program

TINY MAZIBUKO, one of Gauteng LWA Coordinators,
was one of the selected candidates for the April 2013
intake the programme on: Strengthening Leadership Capacity and Professional Skills: A Women’s Economic Empowerment Program – A Tanzania, South Africa
and U.S


  China - Leading Women of Africa collaboration

LWA collaboration with China Embassy in South Africa was another successful story to tell in our approach to create a win-win partnership with the Chinese



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