Two further digital homes in Tunisia

After Nefza and Jendouba in 2016, on Thursday 9 November, we opened two more Digital Centres in Bizerte and Takelsa in collaboration with the association FACE Tunisie (Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion - the foundation for action against exclusion).

The Women’s Digital Centres programme to increase women’s independence started in 2016 in Tunisia with the opening of the first two pilot Digital Centres in Nefza and Jendouba.

 

Rania and Amal, supported by the Digital Centre in Takelsa, Brigitte Audy, Managing Director of the Orange Foundation, Mary-Lisa Durban, Director of the Digital Centres programme

 

In rural areas like Takelsa or urban areas like Bizerte, women are trained to use digital technology in our Digital Centres, to develop their entrepreneurial project and become more independent, in their local and family environment. This programme is also supported in Tunisia by the Ministry of Women through a cooperation agreement signed on 16 May 2017, to consolidate the courses’ digital content and deploy the Centres in associations/NGOs and to the women that need it most.

These two new Digital Centres were inaugurated in the presence of Meriem Ben Boubaker Arfa, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Women, Brigitte Audy, Managing Director of the Orange Foundation, Thierry Millet, CEO Orange Tunisia, Asma Ennaifer, Director of CSR at Orange Tunisia, Zahra Ben Nasr, President of FACE Tunisie and representatives from the Ministry of Women, local authorities and various media.

 

Rania and Amal, supported by the Digital Centre in Takelsa.

 

Run by the association FACE Tunisie, these two Centres will enable 130 women to strengthen their projects and employability: 70 are farmers, others are young and looking for a job but almost all have a micro-project: production and sale of agricultural products, market study and sale of hand-made and artistic creations, for example. They will follow courses in new technologies, management, soft skills and communication. Alongside the technical and professional skills they will be taught, it’s the drive to learn, take action, and help one another that is instilled in the Digital Centres, by the Orange Tunisia volunteers who are supporting them. “It is very important that they gain confidence and skills to give them the best chances of success in their professional lives,” said Brigitte Audy.

By the end of 2018, 16 further Digital Centres in rural and urban regions - in particular in the south of the country - are planned to be opened. A total of 200 Digital Centres are working this year in France and abroad to help 11,000 women get a new start in life.

 

Official inauguration of the Digital Centre in Bizerte. From left to right: Amira Abdallah, Orange Tunisia volunteer, Mary-Lisa Durban, Director of the Digital Centres programme, Thierry Millet, CEO Orange Tunisia, Meriem Ben Boubaker Arfa, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Women and Adel Mabrouk, First Delegate of Bizerte.
Zahra Ben Nasr, President of FACE Tunisie, Asma Ennaifer, Director of CSR at Orange Tunisia and Thierry Millet, CEO Orange Tunisia

 

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