Women Lifting Women Series is a peer-to-peer online support group. This group was introduced with the aim of checking and assisting women in business to navigate the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The forum is my initiative. It’s driven by the role I play as the Director at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Mombasa in charge of the women’s platform. I facilitate the online meetings every Friday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, from 27th March 2020.
Generally, women and children are known to be the hardest hit during crisis. In particular, women entrepreneurs take up a number of intertwining roles as mothers as well as entrepreneurs and partners (where applicable).
Today with the children out school and all of us basically at home, many women are now their children’s teachers.
Additionally, the closure of many businesses coupled with the directive and appeal for non-essential staff to stay at home. This led to a feeling of isolation for some busy women.
It’s an imperative that the entrepreneur as the business leader develops a strong and working coping mechanism.
Deliberately reaching out to these women opens a door for them to speak and share out their feelings and thoughts in the here and now. The talking and sharing may sound a simple need, but it is key in uplifting the spirits of many women.
The network created forms a bond where we all learn from each other and at the same time become each other’s helper. The shares provides practical help. Additionally, external resources, such as counsellors and others, shall be called upon to help where needed.
The aim of mobilizing ways of coping should achieve the following:
- Reduction of the threat caused by the pandemic.
- Elimination of the threat.
- Embark on a journey of discovery.
- Create and expand each person’s professional network.
- Promote mental health wellness for women entrepreneurs.
- Enhance knowledge and skills for youth, women and communities to achieve their full potential.
- Enhance the economic empowerment of vulnerable women and their families.
I’d also love to connect with you in the next meeting. Come and meet like-minded women entrepreneurs. Learn, share, and get inspiration and support as we walk through the COVID-19 season together.