On June 27th and 28th, the third annual Women in Africa summit will take place in Marrakesh. This year, the theme is about how African women engage in the world and create a new paradigm.
The Women in Africa (WIA) initiative is an international platform for economic development and mentoring of female African leaders with strong potential. Its ambitions are twofold: to unleash the potential of a new generation of female African leaders at all levels of civil and government responsibility, and to connect African and international women in the pursuit of an innovative and inclusive Africa.
In just a few years, Africa has become the number one continent for female entrepreneurship. Indeed, according to the 2017 GEM women entrepreneurship report, 27% of women in Africa have created a business, which is the highest rate of any region globally. These businesswomen are playing a major role in the challenging transformation of the continent. Yet, however determined and resilient they are, women still face a lot of difficulty in accessing education, funding and leadership positions.
The summit will gather 500 people from 75 countries around the world: economic, political and cultural leaders will be in attendance, as well as delegations of women from the Middle East, United States, Asia on top of an ever-increasing number of delegates from the 54 countries in Africa. Among the speakers will be Alexandra Palt, executive vice president of the L’Oréal Foundation, Delphine Traoré Maidou, director of operations at Allianz Africa, Bruno Mettling, the president of Orange Africa and Middle-East, Yacine Fall, associate director of the regional desk for North Africa for the African Development Bank and Moulay Hafid Elalmy, Morocco’s minister of industry, investment, trade and digital economy.
The ochre city is hosting the two-day event for the third time, having proven to be the ideal venue to bring together international and pan-African companies willing to put gender equality at the heart of their decision-making.