AWEPON owes its beginning to the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Women’s Desk that initiated faith-based consultations on the impact of economic policies on women.

In October 1993, 11 representatives of African women’s organizations that worked on gender issues as they related to economic policy met in Washington D.C to bring together their diverse experiences and strategies on how women could play a direct and pro-active role in increasing awareness among policy makers of the effects of their decisions on women.

As a network though, AWEPON was first mooted at the 1994 United Nation’s NGO regional preparatory conference that was held in Dakar, Senegal. A lot of interest was expressed as a direct response to a presentation by a group of women drawn from different countries and organizations in Africa. The main thrust of their presentations was on the impact of economic policies especially SAPs and women’s own analysis of the economic crisis. The founding principle for the network is: women have the fundamental right to shape economic policies that impinge on their lives. This principle continues to guide the direction of AWEPON's research, analysis, and advocacy for economic justice to match the trend and dynamics from globalization and neo-liberal ideology.

To empower women especially at grass root level and establish Networks for economic sustainability.

AWEPON works towards achieving household economic integrity and sustainability.