CHECK IT OUT: Digital mentorship for women-owned businesses in Africa


A new digital female-driven mentorship platform that aims to support and empower women in business in Africa has launched.

Bureau Veritas, a company that specialises in testing, inspection, and certification, has partnered with TWAA, a global women empowerment platform, to create the BV Women in Africa Mentorship Programme. The partnership will allow TWAA to promote its offering globally and across Africa.

The Bureau Veritas Group aims to engage TWAA as a knowledge sharing and mentorship platform for women across the continent, promote women in the workplace, support women by decreasing the existing gender gap in the digital arena, and supporting TWAA’s vision to create gender equality in the social, economic and cultural sectors of Africa.

Providing women with digital tools, the platform connects users to suitable mentors and mentee’s, facilitating the growth of a women-based community and increasing access to opportunities for participants.

Irene Kiwia, founder of TWAA explains the aims of the partnership and the launch of the mentorship programme.

Utilising a digital platform, the mentorship programme aims to reach women located across Africa, even in remote areas. During the programme, users will be able to connect, engage, and upskill themselves in the digital arena and business, resulting in overall empowerment.

Available digitally, women in business are able to access the platform, which is currently available in English, French, and Swahili.

The BV Women in Africa Mentorship Programme hopes to expand the languages that the programme is available in, with the possibility of it being available in Yoruba, isiZulu, Portuguese, and Arabic.

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