A day filled with emotions. The 2nd Women In Africa (WIA) Initiative Annual World Summit kicked off in Marrakech on September 27 at the Beldi Country Club around a cross-cutting theme « Watch Africa with confidence, trust in its talents ».
« The two main ambitions of the WIA Initiative are 1/ to reveal the potential of the new generation of African women leaders and 2/ to network African and international women leaders in the service of an innovative and inclusive Africa. » Organizers said in a statement.
The first day of this two-day annual event saw the participation of 480 women and men, from 70 countries including 52 African, in varied and complementary programs to feed their thoughts, enrich their networks and their knowledge on the key topics and carriers of Africa.
« We believe that when women connect with each other, a unique magic happens » said Hafsat Abiola, WIA Initiative President, « this year, one of our two major themes is trust. We must trust in ourselves and others, with the conviction that we have the power to turn our dreams and visions into reality. »
Indeed, the first plenary conference of the event, on the theme « Trust, prerequisite for an inclusive development? » declined a crucial topic for the empowerment of African women: Trust in Africa and women.
In the afternoon, 6 African women leaders from the diaspora shared their experiences and witnessed personal or professional circumstances that led them to return to Africa rather than elsewhere and allowed them to succeed.
This first day of the WIA Initiative’s 2nd Annual World Summit ended with the Revelations Night, during which the promotion of 54 women from the WIA Entrepreneurship Program 54 was officially revealed to participants and media attending the Summit, enabling these young women talent to benefit from international visibility.
Photo Credit : Rémi Schapman.