African women on the front line of development

Women have always played a central role in the development and history of Africa and play a primary role in the future of the continent.

Throughout history, women have distinguished themselves in the continent in fields as diverse as politics, diplomacy and resistance to colonisation, the defence of women's rights, and environmental protection. 

When it comes to female entrepreneurship, Africa is ahead of the rest of the world. Women are more likely than men to become entrepreneurs on the continent: they account for 58 % of the self-employed.

Committed to support entrepreneurship and promote women’s empowerment,BANK OF AFRICA has launched the 'WOMEN IN BUSINESS' offer in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and with the support of the the European Union (EU). This program is based on a funding line of up to MAD 200 million and offers comprehensive support for female entrepreneurs and corporate managers (financing, provision of banking products and services, specific support in terms of training, mentoring and advisory services).

In 2017, BANK OF AFRICA launched a special edition of the SME Club dedicated to women, which aims to support and raise the awareness of some forty women (business leaders, financial managers, cash management executives, BANK OF AFRICA customers, AFEM members, etc.) by offering them certificate training courses.

Since 2010, BANK OF AFRICA has also been participating in the activities of the various editions of the "Women's Tribune" conference. Created in 2009, “Women’s Tribune” aims to promote the role of women, their vision and visibility in society, in a platform for dialogue and exchange for women from Morocco, Africa, the Arab world and the Mediterranean.