Women for change 2013: Maria Raharinarivonirina / Madagascar

biography

In the zebu society located in southern Madagacar, women have no right to speak out because they are uneducated and have no property or inheritance rights. Men hold exclusive authority through their ownership of zebu cattle, which are seen as the symbol of power. This makes women completely dependent on men in a region where food insecurity is acute. SOS Children’s Villages works to provide women in the area with independence and freedom in the interest of fostering holistic community development. To this end, three women’s homes (Maisons des Femmes) were built to provide women with education and job skills and inform them of their rights.

 

 

The objective: renovate the three existing women’s shelters and build and operate three new ones to combat gender discrimination and all forms of violence. There will be three phases of the program: literacy instruction, entrepreneurship training for girls and women, then an awareness campaign on women’s rights throughout the community. The issue of food insecurity will be addressed by training women in farming to improve their yield. This includes managing, communicating and establishing communal granaries. They may be given assistance to create income-generating projects, access loans, find support for their initiatives, etc.

Expected results: 810 women in six associations will receive direct training and information developed by the women’s shelters. Once they gain independence and are integrated into society, they will contribute to developing the community as a whole.

 

 

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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