Women for change 2013: Anta Mbow / Senegal


For 10 years, the Empire des Enfants Centre has been working to care for and reintegrate street children in Dakar. The centre currently accommodates only boys but it sees young girls every day only to have to send them to other organizations. The goal is to create a new centre exclusively for young girls who are having serious problems at home or in society and need to be removed from their living situation and provided with special assistance.



The Empire des Filles Centre (Girls’ Empire) will be the first shelter in Dakar designed just for girls who are victims of violence and exploitation and are in extremely insecure situations. Its primary mission will be to take in and care for these young girls by restoring their dignity and position in society. It is for the most vulnerable young girls in Dakar, and will not discriminate on the basis of social, ethnic, cultural or religious status. The young girls will be referred by the court. With an institutional framework suited to their needs, they will be physically and legally protected and regain security and confidence. The Girls’ Empire will be open to all of the troubled girls in Dakar who need support and advice. No one will be turned away.

Initially, the centre will be able to accommodate 10 young girls. Their length of stay will be determined based on their individual situation. When the situation requires integrating girls back into their families, the objective will be refocused on dialogue and mediation.



Women for change, get involved!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum have created the women for change Award to recognise humanitarian projects led by women in Africa.

From 16 September to 15 October 2013, people voted online for the project they thought was the most important. The project of Maria Raharinarivonirina, president of SOS Children’s Villages Madagascar, received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. On October 16th, participants at the Women’s Forum in Deauville also had a chance to vote for their favorite project.They selected the project of Marie Nomo Messina, Director of Hand in Hand association in Cameroon, who also received a €25,000 grant.

All 5 women are all making the world a better place through their commitment to promoting women’s rights, dedication to children and their work to reintegrate marginalized populations.Because the Orange Foundation wants to support all of them, the 3 other candidates will each receive a €5,000 grant to help them develop their projects

Discover or rediscover their stories.

Edition 2013: Sarah Toumi, Brigitte Michel, Marie Noma-messina, Anta Mbow, Maria Raharinarivonirina.

Edition 2014: Mariama Moussa, Noushka Teixeira, Massego Mmipi, Adamou Hawaou, Togo Mariam Sidibe.

Edition 2015: Lily Fouad Attallah, Nour Al Emam, Khedija El Madani, Rocio Nieto, Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald.

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