Two projects in favour of women in the Mediterranean rewarded

Khedija El Madani (Tunisia) and Nora Fitzgerald Belhacen (Morocco), two activists for change who are committed to improving the empowerment of women regarding education, healthcare, professional integration and women’s rights received the Women for Change Award in Deauville today.


Five projects from five women were submitted to the votes between the 15th of September and the 15th of October. Coming from Egypt, Spain, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, the five candidates are committed to helping women facing difficulties and seek to improve their autonomy in their countries: women rights, professional integration, social care, support for victims of sexual exploitation, educating women with disabilities.

More than 20 000 people voted online!And they chose to reward the project of Khedija El Madani (Tunisia) , who received the Online Vote Award, which comes with 25,000 euros donated by the Orange Foundation to set up a network of sentinels to monitor discriminatory practices against women.

Khedijais the founder and President of the Association for Equal Opportunity and Vigilance (AVEC): AVEC’s objective is to ensure that men and women have equal opportunity in terms of social development, including access to education, health services and jobs.


Nora Fitzgerald Belhacen received the Jury Prize, which also comes with 25,000 donated by the Orange Foundation to enable women from disadvantaged backgrounds to create their own culinary micro-businesses.
Nora is the founder and President of the AMAL Association for the Culinary Arts that offers training to women which includes cooking and entrepreneurship courses. The purpose of the project is to make these marginalized women economically independent and self-confident.


The three other candidates will receive 5,000 euros each from the Orange Foundation to support the deployment of their projects:

  • Lily Fouad Attallah, Executive Director of the Development Association for Empowering Special Needs (DAESN) (Egypt): The NGO’s goal is to train 20 shadow teachers so that visually impaired girls can access the public school system.
  • Rocio Nieto, founder and President of the Association for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Support to Prostitutes (APRAMP) (Spain): The Association seeks to enable victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking to regain their freedom and dignity by training six former victims. This will participate in setting up a local support network to respond to emergency situations.
  • Nour Al Emam, member of the Board of the Arab Women Media Center (AWMC) (Jordan): Her project is to film a documentary as part of a national media campaign to promote the equality of rights for women and men for a larger audience and raise awareness.


The awards were presented by Christine Albanel, Orange Executive Director and Deputy Chairperson of the Orange Foundation, by Jacqueline Franjou, CEO of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and by Marianne Mairesse, Chief Editor of Marie Claire Magazine.



The Women for Change Award is a joint initiative of the Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society, in partnership with Marie Claire magazine. For its third edition, the Women for Change Award puts the spotlight on actions by women of the Mediterranean in 2015 that are committed to improving women’s rights as well as their health, education and professional integration.

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