At a high level International meeting of African Women's Forum, organized by Crans Montana,
Sophia Bekele addressed a room of delegates sharing her thoughts and experiences about being an entrepreneur and women-in-tech as well as the success of the Miss.Africa Digital foundation she runs.
The forum’s aim was to highlight African Women’s experiences, which can be described as life-enhancing and contribute to the global development and integration process. The forum ran from November 14 to 16 in Brussels (Belgium) in association with the New Leaders for Tomorrow community.
The meeting discussed
African Woman as a "Born Entrepreneur"
who clearly brings an innovative approach to issues concerning the challenges of employment and inclusive development in our societies. It also
sought to find answer to the strategies of how we can facilitate the necessary synergies between businesses, women and the training of youth in order to build sustainable economic growth?
Bekele touched on ways to leverage the strengths of the African women and youth to drive business and entrepreneurship through use of technology. She stated that "
women are a highly visible part of the African economy, thus they run it, and this can be seen from testimonies in major African media covering Women’s work in all sectors of the economy. Our Miss.Africa digital 300 Plus women led initiatives also adds to this testimony".
She noted, "
ust before I sat to speak here, I saw an alert from my staff on my on my tablet, where I was informed via a retweet from our past Miss.Africa Digital Seed -Fund from Ghana - 'Kumasi Hive' - were voted in as a finalist in the Equals-in-Tech award led by ITU, a United Nations Telecom outfit. Miss.Africa Digital was recognized as the same few years ago by the same awards. Our winners therefore are tweeting thanking us - Miss.Africa digital- for this early opportunity we gave them to be where they are now"
, Bekele shared with audience.