Rebuilding themselves in our Digital Centres

After receiving emergency care, the time comes for women who have been victims of violence to rebuild their lives. This entails (re)gaining independence, and finding a way back into employment... by learning about digital technology. An example with the very first Digital Centre in Hauts-de-Seine.

In Châtillon, in the Paris suburbs, women victims of domestic abuse, call the emergency number every day or arrive in the middle of the night to find help and care for them and their children. As they have been driven from their homes or in danger if they return home, the Flora Tristan Centre’s first action is to search for available accommodation to guarantee their safety.

Then, alongside their psychological healing process, these women must gain their autonomy to ensure their future and that of their children. With no job, little or no professional experience, they are now trained on digital technology in our Women’s Digital Centre, which was opened on Wednesday 8 November, at the Flora Tristan Centre.



By starting to understand and use digital technology, these women retake control of part of their life, they reconnect with their rights and aa possible future in the world of work,” explains François Baroin at the Orange Foundation.

Yesterday, Orange employees on a skills philahntropy programme led their first digital workshop using 6 computers gifted by the Orange Foundation. On the programme this semester: how to access your rights on the internet and how to protect your image on social networks. One of the women in the group plans to become a sales assistant: she will be able to practice using the latest versions of Excel and PowerPoint during the workshops and promote this experience on her CV in a few months. The open educational content provided by the Orange employees is rich and varied. Other women, with no IT experience, will learn the basics to access administrative formalities and the social benefits they are entitled to. They will also regain a privileged and essential place in their children’s lives, by better understanding their online activities and education.



It’s a great project that will enable our women to look to the future,” says Francine Bavay, president of the centre.

There are already 79 Digital Centres throughout France training women in difficult situations. In 2017, a total of 11,000 women were trained in a Digital Centre worldwide.

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