International Day of the Girl Child: working towards a world without discrimination

On the fourth International Day of the Girl Child, an initiative set up by the UN, we are joining with the global community to promote girls’ rights and empowerment.
Girls and young women are particularly vulnerable and they face social, economic and political barriers. Although they have the potential to change the world, in many countries their empowerment is still hampered by factors such as unwanted pregnancy, early and forced marriage, violence and limited access to education and health care.

 

Girls in digital school in Madagascar

 

Convinced that they are the key to long-term development, we are campaigning for the emancipation and promotion of girls in society and the economy through various projects.

Since 2005, we have supported activities concerning mother and child health in Africa: prevention of gynaecological diseases, establishment of gynaecological and obstetric centres, improvement of training for healthcare professionals, care for young women and babies, etc.

In Africa, we have built 55 Orange villages in 10 countries. What is an Orange village? A water point, a health centre and a school: facilities without which the girls in these isolated regions would not be able to access education or basic health care.

To make further advances in the field of professional and financial empowerment, we created the Digital Centre programme. In 2016, in 94 centres, almost 8000 unemployed women without any qualifications in Europe and in Africa will have access to individually-adapted digital training. For some of the women this will cover basic and vital skills: writing, maths, and how to use a computer or tablet, etc. Others will learn how to use software and the internet. Over a period of six months, this training course will be supported by Orange volunteers.

This is how we have been working to improve the everyday lives of girls for over 10 years, by taking action in all of the countries in which the Orange Group is based.

 

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