WomenWork was born out of the stark realization that talented women in Africa are deliberately slowing down, starting micro-businesses or opting out entirely from the formal economy due to structural biases in the mainstream workforce.
Two female entrepreneurs, Isis Nyong’o and Asha Mweru came together in 2017 to create a collective of professional and entrepreneurial women in Kenya and have found a scalable approach to empowering women to face these challenges. This approach is a blended online & offline model that taps into knowledge, skills and support networks built on authentic relationships. This WomenWork model seeks to improve the quality of work for women across the work spectrum – women who are fully employed, those who are entrepreneurs, and the increasing number “in transition”.
Since launching in July 2017, the private closed WomenWorkKE Facebook group has organically grown from less than 100 members in July to a community of highly engaged 3,000 women who are from diverse industries and different career stages. We have hosted over 20 events attended by over 700 members ranging from “Negotiation Strategies for Women” to “How to Build a Consulting Business”.