The women’s Digital Centres programme: actively supporting women’s empowerment

Gender equality is a right recognised by the UN, but is a long way from being applied everywhere in the same way. At the Orange Foundation, we are striving to ensure that girls, and women no longer suffer this injustice. This is why our digital education programmes pay particular attention to girls’ schooling and training for women. To educate girls and empower women , we support NGOs and associations that are involved in this historic struggle.

 

According to UNICEF, only 43 % of girls aged 12 to 18 attend secondary school in developing countries. It’s a figure that shocks, but that also encourages us to take all possible action to provide schooling for girls. It’s especially important because educating girls has economic, social and health impacts. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has shown that a girl who attends school for seven years in a developing country will marry on average four years after the end of her studies. She will have fewer children but they will enjoy better health. In France, 16% of women ages 15 to 29 were unemployed or under-educated in 2011.

We work with NGOs and charities to educate these girls and support the independence of women in difficulty.

Digital education at the core of the programme

Empowering women is also a digital training issue. We have created Women’s Digital Centres to train women without qualifications or a job in Europe and Africa. In some countries, the Digital Centres help women to access paid employment. In others, they help them find a job, return to work or retrain for a different job. This is long-term digital training (six months to a year). Some women learn vital skills: writing, mathematics, using a computer, a tablet... Others learn how to use software and internet.
In Europe and Africa, we work with local associations that have experience working with women in need. At the centres, Orange employee volunteers share their knowledge and skills with the women.

 

Key figures

94 Women’s Digital Centres in 2016. 8,000 women trained.

200 Women’s Digital Centres at the end of 2017 in 18 countries: Botswana, Madagascar, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Conakry Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Egypt, Spain, Poland, Roumania and France.
The aim: 11,000 women trained

 

The women's Digital Centres in the world