Realising the importance of women’s contributions to economic growth, the WIEF foundation established WIEF Businesswomen Network (WBN), aimed at empowering women and optimising their potential through economic and business activities. WBN initiatives are designed to equip women entrepreneurs with business know-how, e-commerce capabilities as well as knowledge in business growth and diversification. To this effect, WBN has undertaken several entrepreneurship programmes such as WIEF Women Entrepreneurs Workshop, WIEF Regional Online Marketing Workshop, WIEF Entrepreneurial Retreat, WIEF Tea Talk, WIEF Women Entrepreneurs Strategic Workshop, WIEF Social Media Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs and WIEF Businesswomen Forum which was held in Gangneung, Korea, in 2016.
These programmes have created valuable international connections between businesswomen in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries. The WIEF Regional Online Marketing Workshop has become WBN signature programme and besides Kuala Lumpur, the programme has reached Kenya, Indonesia, Morocco, Sarawak, Jordan, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.
To date, WBN entrepreneurship programmes have benefitted nearly 500 women form 37 countries. WBN will continue its efforts in empowering and advancing women in the economic fields at national, regional and international levels.