Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network Kenya (CBWN-K), a Ground Partner of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN) which is a registered Community Interest Company in the United Kingdom. CBWN is an accredited organisation directly recognised by 54 governments across six continents committed to advancing UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 and the Commonwealth Charter. CBWN Kenya was launched on 20th August 2019.
CBWN-K is part of the larger Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN) mandated to get over one (1) billion women in the Commonwealth to connect, collaborate and do commerce. CBWN works with women in business by connecting governments and the private sector to encourage and enable women’s economic empowerment through delivering activities, initiatives, products and services focused on trade, talent and training. CBWN also sits on the main governance body on gender for the 54 commonwealth governments. It is the only accredited membership organization for women’s economic empowerment that is recognized by the 54 official Commonwealth governments.
When she addressed the Business Forum in CHOGM 2018, Former Prime minster of the UK Theresa May said “If women played the same role as men in labour markets, as much as $ 28 trillion would be added to global GDP by 2025.”
Freda Miriklis, CBWN’s Chair, further supported the above sentiments by stating that “Women are the emerging growth market that governments and companies cannot ignore.” Governments and companies are being called upon to commit to actions that are geared towards women’s economic empowerment.