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The renewal of the partnership of Crédit Agricole SA Group, Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole, the Regional Banks, the Crédit Agricole Group Infrastructure Platform, Crédit Agricole Technologies & Services and the Villages by CA with the Journée de la Femme Digitale (JFD) association to participate in the 2022 Margaret Awards was announced at the end of November.

Each year, the Margaret Awards reward female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in Europe and Africa, whose projects and innovations meet the major challenges facing our society.

To mark the emblematic International Women's Day on 8 March, the seven winners of the 2022 Margaret Awards were announced. 

Meet the winners

Elena POINCET: Tackling cyber-espionage // Europe Entrepreneur

After 12 years in the army and 14 years in the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE), Elena Poincet founded Tehtris, a French consulting company specialised in digital security. The company offers a cyber defence solution that fights against cyber-espionage and cyber-sabotage. 

Ariane AKERET SOUFIANO: Strengthening the financial inclusion of employees // Entrepreneur Africa

Gabonese entrepreneur and co-founder & CEO of CA Pay, Ariane Akeret Soufiano wants to strengthen the financial inclusion of employees. Her solution: a software that allows for mass payment of salaries, pensions, scholarships, bonuses and mission expenses via mobile money. 

Sue BLACK: Working for greater recognition and support for women in IT // Europe Intrapreneur

A professor of Computer Science at Durham University in the UK, Sue Black has spent the last 20 years campaigning for greater recognition and support for women in IT through the TechUpWomen project, which trains women from disadvantaged backgrounds for careers in digital technology. 

Cléo NGOKOUDI: Facilitating international financial transactions for African traders // Africa Intrapreneur

Cléo Ngokoudi is the CFO of Anka, an Ivorian digital platform that provides African traders with integrated digital management solutions and facilitates international financial transactions.

Allyah SEMIAI : Providing a “bubble” of love and confidence to victims of bullying // Junior Europe

Allyah Semiai, 14 years old, is developing a web app to fight against school bullying in France. Providing a real “bubble” of love, the app helps to restore the confidence of victims of school bullying through support, testimonies from former victims and reporting. 

Malebina TSOTSOTSO: Education anywhere, anytime // Junior Africa

1Malebina Tsotsotso, 15 years old, created MTutor, an e-learning platform designed to provide an adaptable, scalable, safe and secure learning tool. (South Africa)

The Jury favourite

Shamim Nabuuma KALIISA: Facilitating access to cancer diagnosis through AI // Entrepreneur Africa

After two years in medical school and surviving cancer, Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa created Chil AI LAB. Drawing on her experience and on artificial intelligence technology, Shamim is facilitating access to cancer diagnosis in Uganda.

Each winner of the Margaret Prize received an endowment, granted by the Regional Banks, the FNCA, the Crédit Agricole S.A. Group, CATS, CAGIP and the Villages by CA, and consisting of:

  • Six months of support in a Village By CA to benefit from an ecosystem conducive to the development of their project,
  • Dedicated support on digital issues from a mentor selected among the Group's managers,
  • A touchscreen tablet and a smartwatch.

What is the JFD?

Today, only 24% of people working in the digital sector are female and only 11% of management positions are held by women. Only 7% of French start-ups are currently led by women (StarHer and KPMG report).
Digital Women’s Day (JFD or Journée de la Femme Digitale) has been designed to debunk the mystery surrounding the technological industries and digital careers and to restore a place for women in this sector in which they remain largely under-represented. 

The Group's commitment

Crédit Agricole S.A. Group’s commitment to diversity is reflected in a proactive policy. Diversity is vital to ensuring that more women find their way into key positions and making digital transformation a driver of social transformation. 

Engaging every single person in the Group and encouraging workforce diversity is a key priority in building a better Group for the future and working every day in the interest of society.