2nd International Day of the Girl Child: the Orange Foundation supports Plan France in its fight against child marriage

As part of the “Because I am a girl” awareness campaign, the support takes two forms:

visuel_plan_garcon_Pierre_Anthony_Allard_300Plan France has developed a Facebook application showing a class photo from which all the young girls have disappeared, because they have been forced into child marriages. Each page visitor is invited to get involved and "like” the photo, to help the girls symbolically return to the classroom. For each click, the Orange Foundation will contribute 1 Euro to support a project benefiting girls.
The application is live on Plan France’s Facebook page until 11 October 2013.

On 9 October Christine Albanel, senior executive vice-president of the Orange Group for CSR and vice-president of the Orange Foundation, is taking part in the debate organised at the French National Assembly, presenting the Foundation’s 2012/13 initiatives to educate girls in Africa.

The Orange Foundation’s support is a continuation of its long tradition of commitment to women and girls, in all the countries where it is active.

In 2012 the projects supported by the Foundation helped provide schooling for 16,000 girls, helped 6,000 women receive professional training, and helped 80,000 mothers and children through maternal and infant health programmes.


For example:

In Uganda: improving living and health conditions for women with limited access to healthcare through the “Medical Aid Films” project: trial distribution of a series of films on preventing cervical cancer. These videos will then be distributed in other African countries.

In Senegal: Orange’s Sonatel Foundation and American international development agency USAID are providing financial support to nearly 900 female secondary school and sixth-form pupils. Around a hundred secondary schools have been provided with IT equipment and internet connections.

In Madagascar the Akbaraly Foundation’s “4A WOMAN mobile unit” is a mobile remote detection and transmission system for detecting and diagnosing gynaecological and breast cancers. It is aimed at women living in isolated rural villages and the suburban areas of the Haute-Matsiatra region.

In Mauritius: the Mauritius Telecom Foundation has undertaken to create day care centres so that women with very low incomes can work. At present there are 10 day care centres on the island. Eligible families are those with an annual income of less that €150. Children aged 3 months to 3 years are cared for.

In Mali: in partnership with French NGO Secours Populaire Français, literacy training for 540 women and professional training for 1600 women in accounting/management.

In the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Tunisia and Cameroon, the Orange Foundation “Village projects” involve providing a village with 3 core elements of infrastructure: a healthcare centre, a school and a water supply. The Foundation aims to create an environment conducive to the education and emancipation of girls (who are often kept away from school because they are sent to collect water from several kilometres away). A village project in Cameroon is currently under way with Plan France and Plan Cameroon, in the village of Bonépoupa.

At this very moment the “Women for Change” Prize, set up in 2013 in partnership with the Women’s Forum and Marie-Claire magazine, is enabling exceptional women from the African continent to develop their projects supporting women and girls. Two €25,000 grants will be awarded at the Women’s Forum in Deauville, on 16th to 18th October.

The Orange Foundation also contributes to the Cité Universitaire de Paris bursary programme, helping female students from Africa come to France to pursue their higher education.

Investment in the education and health of women and girls is one of the Foundation’s core principles. Convinced that women are the key to long term development, the Foundation works for the emancipation and promotion of women in the economy and society, through numerous projects dedicated to them.

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