Immediate goals: HAF projects help to empower women so that they may benefit in the socioeconomic and political spheres.
Women are integral to the sustainable development of Moroccan communities. Marginalization of women and girls can be attributed to range of causes: limited financial resources within households; the burden of household chores assigned to girls; the absence of education, communication, and transport infrastructure; and the beliefs that prioritize educating males over females. The estimated earned income of women is less than 40% of that of men. Furthermore, an alarming 72% of women are illiterate (UNESCO, 2011).
By focusing on women’s participation at the grassroots level, HAF catalyzes community-initiated projects that can be implemented and sustained by the community. HAF projects address the development needs of women and their families and ameliorate women’s traditional socioeconomic marginalization. Women are key stakeholders in HAF projects and are given the skills and tools to improve their socioeconomic standing and to increase the scale of their initiatives.
In addition, HAF trains women elected to communal councils and who are civil and community leaders in essential skills, including problem solving, participatory development planning, project implementation and evaluation.
Women's cooperatives are the beneficiaries in HAF’s agricultural initiative (hyperlink to Women Tree Nursery Projectsin nurseries pg) through the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Finally, HAF is dedicated to increasing female participation in education. To this end HAF has built 19 clean drinking water systems in remote villages so that girls may spend less time fetching water and more time in the classroom. HAF also constructs gender segregated bathrooms which increase girls' attendance by 11% (UNICEF, 2003).