The second edition of Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative summit opened Thursday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, under the theme Looking at Africa with confidence, believing in its talents

The summit, that attracted participation of nearly 400 people from 70 countries, and 50 African and international speakers saw Uganda’s DigiHealth, health startup that develops innovative solutions to the short comings in Uganda’s health sector through health system development emerge as winners for best innovation in health

At the same summit, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI said that African women have made outstanding academic achievement and an ever-growing participation in the job market, which led to a more effective presence for African women in the political, economic and social fields

The Monarch who focused on the importance of gender equality as a development leverage, pointed out that despite the number of initiatives launched to mainstreaming gender equality in the formulation, planning and implementation of public policies, African women are still suffering from injustice on the ground

He further insisted that measures aimed at achieving gender equality should be the cornerstone of any viable sustainable development strategy and called for further efforts to promote women’s participation in development and decision-making in order to make the most of their ever-growing role as entrepreneurs and business leaders on the continent

The Women in Africa Initiative aims to promote competent and talented women leaders in Africa and to highlight the role played by women in stimulating comprehensive development on the continent.

The Women in Africa initiative is an international platform for economic development and support for African women leaders and high potential. Its two main goals are to reveal the potential of the new generation of African women leaders at all levels of civil society and state, to network African and international women leaders in the service of an innovative and inclusive Africa