HAF aims to cultivate a network of empowered agents of change who support women in achieving their socioeconomic rights and abilities. By conducting workshops that integrate a rights-based approach (RBA) to Moroccan family law (Moudawana), HAF fosters women’s self-discovery–a necessary step in the process of increasing female participation in the economy. HAF implements a four-day self-discovery IMAGINE workshop, innovated in conjunction with the U.S.-based Empowerment Institute. These workshops focus on helping women achieve their self-identified economic goals through cooperative development. Women become educated on their rights and their human potential outside of their strict traditional boundaries.
In addition, since 2011, HAF has engaged in cooperative-development to advance women’s financial independence, expand networks, and support changing women’s economic roles in their communities. HAF’s women’s empowerment programs address these challenges in helping women to achieve self-confidence, independence, self-identified goals, and economic participation. These capacity-building programs have been funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
- HAF has four experienced empowerment facilitators and is currently training three more.
- 380 rural women experienced HAF’s women’s empowerment workshops in the regions of Marrakech, Al Haouz, Essaouira, Mohammedia, Oujda, and Boujdour.
- 40 female university students have participated and are trained in facilitating IMAGINE
- Success of Aboghlou women’s cooperative after members’ participation in IMAGINE. Aboghlou is a self-sustaining and profit-making cooperative, employing STEM knowledge and has produced over 200kg of dried calendula (a popular Moroccan medicinal herb) that was exported to L’Oreal in France.
- 35 IMAGINE participants became inspired to address illiteracy and hired a female university student to start a literacy program in their village
- 65% of participants have joined parent associations and are actively involved in efforts to improve local schools for their children’s benefit