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WIA Foundation

The Women in Africa Foundation supports and assists African women entrepreneurs. Thanks to the establishment of an endowment fund, Women in Africa is carrying out a general interest mission and promoting the spread of education in the field of economic development, and more particularly the training of future women leaders of innovative businesses. This year, the Foundation launched Project 54 in collaboration with Societe Generale, a major sponsor of the initiative. This continent-wide initiative will see 54 women entrepreneurs from the 54 African countries selected to participate in the Project, which will provide them with support and publicity.

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In Africa, women are the leading actors in local economic development. And yet, the path to becoming an entrepreneur remains a difficult one for them. In collaborating with the WIA Foundation, we are proud to support these women entrepreneurs who are shaping the Africa of tomorrow.

Alexandre Maymat
Head of Africa for Societe Generale

Women in Africa Initiative



WIA Initiative is the first international platform focusing on economic development and support for African women with strong potential as leaders.
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2nd WIA Initiative Summit - 27th & 28th sept. 2018

The 54 selected women entrepreneurs will be invited in Marrakech on 26 and 27 september to participate in the “Women in Africa Revelations Night”. During this evening, which will bring together more than 500 leaders from around the world, 6 entrepreneurs will be rewarded for their innovative project in key sectors in Africa.
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Project 54


Supporting women who are disrupting the future of the continent through technological innovations has become a solid and sustainable investment for African and international economies. This is why the Women In Africa (WIA) Foundation launched an unprecedented project on 12 April 2018: to create its first class of female entrepreneurs, from the 54 countries of the African continent.
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Hafsat Abiola, a committed woman



Hafsat Abiola, Nigerian activist for human rights, civil rights and democracy was appointed June 5, 2018 as the Executive President of Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative. This is a key step for the global platform dedicated to the economic development and support of leading and high potential African women.
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