The Association of Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals, ANWEP was founded in 2017 by Ogechi Ugwulebo, a wife, mother, community leader, software engineer and cybersecurity professional who is passionate about giving back. Ogechi understands that giving is part of success. To give your time, your money, your talent, your knowledge, and your service with passion is the key to the potent dynamic that empowers our own success. With the support of like-minded Nigerian women professionals and entrepreneurs both in Nigeria and North America, ANWEP has become the platform on which Nigerian women professionals and entrepreneurs “speak with one voice” concerning issues that confront women and children in our society. ANWEP is incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas as a non-profit organization and has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code.
Our executive board comprises of Nigerian women from all academic and professional backgrounds as well as successful women entrepreneurs who are passionate about helping others. Administrative functions and activities of the Organization are performed by the executive board and member volunteers. Membership is open to all Nigerian women.
Mission: Our mission to educate, inspire, empower, and mentor women and girls in our community through the Empower Girls in STEM mentorship program, Leadership workshops, awards/recognition programs, teen empowerment workshops and support for women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Vision: We envision a world in which Nigerian women are role models and champions of change in their lives and society.
Some of Our Projects
ANWEP has been empowering girls age 12 and up in DFW since 2017 by offering mentoring, social activities, volunteerism & scholarships. Our “Empower Girls in STEM” program gives underrepresented groups, particularly girls and women, a window into STEM careers and builds a network of support and ongoing mentorship for students who are interested in studying and practicing STEM. Our organization is engaged with our home communities in order to leverage the talents we have to the benefit of local students and underprivileged young women. We know that role models and mentors help young women visualize themselves as STEM Professionals and future leaders which is why our mentoring efforts not only provide successful role models for future women in STEM, but also showcase the range of opportunities a STEM education makes possible.
ANWEP recognizes that female education is a crucial component to poverty alleviation and investing in girls’ education also helps delay early marriage and parenthood. It is ANWEP’s goal to increase the number of women in STEM through our mentorship efforts and our career-focused programs and initiatives. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support, donate or join ANWEP today. Together, we are stronger, and together, we will support policies and programs which seek to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.
2. Fight domestic violence
Our fundraising efforts enables us to provide temporary shelters for young mothers who are victims of domestic violence. We have opened a channel of communication for women who are battered to reach out for help by organizing workshops and outreach programs to spread awareness on domestic violence and the abuse of women and children in our community. Our counseling services and training are designed to help victims become socially and economically autonomous.
I know it’s hard to do, but can you imagine what it would be like if you lost a family member to domestic violence? Think of how your world would change if you suddenly lost your parent, your child, your sibling. Sadly, many families in our community are facing this emotionally devastating reality, and many have no access to the help they need to cope and heal. Your donation will help to make our community healthier.
Your gift enables us to better serve individuals and families who have been affected by violence. Your support sends a powerful message to survivors that they are not alone and that they have friends they’ve never met to assist them on their journey to safety and independence.
The ultimate aim of this association is to encourage and train significant numbers of women for informed leadership positions that will ultimately promote a progressive development agenda. This we can accomplish by Initiating a forum for Nigerian women to meet and build alliances for individual and professional growth by organizing leadership and entrepreneurial workshops through annual professional conferences and business summits. We live in a society that puts women on the back burner and as a result, most women and young girls do not reach their full potential professionally. It is our goal to mentor and empower women to reach their full potential as strong leaders and role models to our younger generations.