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Re-positioning Africa: Role of Women in Sustainable -Africa Women Conference UN (Sideline) CSW62

The Africa Women Conference was inaugurated in March 2018 on the sidelines of the UN CSW62, themed “Re-positioning Africa: Role of Women in Sustainable Development” women from different sectors of the economy from across the globe gathered in New York to chart a course through various productive dialogues for the sustainable growth of Africa.

The maiden edition will be hold at The Safari Hotels, Windhoek, Namibia from the 22nd to the 24th of November 2018 with the theme “Women Empowerment and Development: A Collective Burden” Panelists are exceptional women vast in development strategies across various fields.

Participants at the AWC Namibia 2018 will be exposed to current international trends designed towards achieving the Agenda 2030 and be equipped with practical tools to help their organizations be profitably positioned to advance the SDGs. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage actively with top-level professionals, business leaders, political leaders, scholars and other conference participants.


The various breakout sessions have also been designed to add value to the participants’ field of endeavor, participants at this inaugural conference will also get the chance to become members of the AWC for 30% of the membership fee.



  • Recognize the contributions of women towards the growth and development of Africa and encourage women to do more.
  • Bring women of African descent together to learn fresh ideas that can help increase their influence and productivity in their various fields of endeavor.
  • Provide a platform for Africa focused businesses, philanthropies and investors from across the globe to meet and forge alliances with female entrepreneurs, policy makers and influencers, professionals, academics and charities to grow their businesses and interests.
  • Network with successful entrepreneurs, policy influencers, scholars and professionals who are influencing development across the world and domesticate policies and strategies that have worked for them.
  • Expose businesses and charities run by African women to prospective investors and partners.
  • Promote African goods, services and brands on a global stage through International exhibitions.
  • Discover global opportunities available for African women to grow in their various fields of endeavor.
  • Develop partner and support projects that are aimed at correcting the social ills in African countries.
  • Support the campaigns for the protection of the rights of women, children, aged, disabled and other vulnerable people in African countries


The AWC is a joint initiative of Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja and Echoes Africa Initiative New York.

Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja is a registered charity in Nigeria that has since its inception in 2003 been contributing to the welfare, economic empowerment, quality healthcare, education and provision of equal opportunities to vulnerable children, youths and most especially rural women.

Helpline foundation initiated the first food Bank project in Nigeria and a revolving loan scheme, among other projects, which have successfully impacted the lives of hundreds of widows in Abuja, Nassarawa and Kogi States of Nigeria.

Echoes Africa Initiatives is a United States based NGO founded with a mission to improve the lives disadvantaged women, youth and children of African descent. Echoes Africa seeks to close the gap by equipping and empowering these groups of underprivileged ones with the education, skills and confidence they need to be viable members of society.

The vision of Echoes Africa is to create a world of equity where women, youth and children of African descent are not left out.

Echoes Africa Initiatives and Helpline Foundation have collaborated on a number of projects aimed at creating a better living standard for African women, youths and children, notably the hosting of a parallel event at the UN NGO CSW61 which was themed “Housing Initiatives for Rural Women” this event opened up opportunities for international investors and partners to key into the rural housing and women empowerment model developed, not just to provide shelter for the homeless and displaced women and their families but also to provide a source of livelihood for them through a sustainable housing scheme.


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