Women for change 2014: Togo Mariam Sidibé / Mali

«Education for All»


For the past 10 years, the “Centre for the Education of Girls” has helped orphans and disadvantaged women in Mali. Its mission is to help girls and women escape poverty by giving them the tools to become independent.



The concept: The centre provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged women and girls, whether they come from Bamako or are refugees from the north of the country. For homeless orphaned girls ages 8 and under, the centre not only provides education but also offers accommodation, food and healthcare. For older girls and women, the centre offers a chance to obtain a basic education: family life, sexual education, sewing, embroidery and weaving. The women and girls also receive vocational training so that they can depart from the centre with a profession.

The aim of the project: To offer 3-year vocational training courses to 45 girls, and to train 5 other girls to be able to process local products (mangos, peanuts and hibiscus) by providing funding for their education, transport and the equipment required for the centre.

The future: In 3 years, 50 women will be trained via the project and gain their independence through income-generating activities. The support is needed now but will also provide long-term development solutions for the women of Mali.

Name of the NGO: Association d’Appui à la Scolarisation des Filles

Project beneficiaries: 50 girls over age 3


Women for Change, Thank you for your support!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum are proud to present the Women for Change award, which honours women who are committed to helping their sisters in Africa.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project.

The project of Mariama Moussa (Niger), received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. The results of the vote were announced during the opening dinner at the Women’s Forum, on October 15th.
The participants to this dinner had also their chance to vote and granted a second award of 25 000 euros to Noushka Teixeira (DRC).

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