The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) announced on Thursday the launch of a solidarity fund in favor of women in the French-speaking world, whose vulnerable situation has been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The official launch of the Fund, called “La Francophonie avec elle” is scheduled for Saturday on TV5 Monde, during a program prepared and broadcast in partnership with the French-speaking channel, the OIF said in a statement.
“It must finance actions in the field carried out by recognized actors in the French-speaking world and in particular in Africa, the Caribbean and Lebanon”, notes the organization, at the end of the work of the 37th session of the Ministerial Conference de la Francophonie, held by videoconference on the 24th and 25th.
Supported by the OIF budget, this fund also allows the participation of every French-speaking citizen wishing to get involved through a donation platform that was put online on this occasion, it is specified.
About sixty NGOs have been selected by the OIF under this Fund to carry out projects in favor of women in twenty countries, including Morocco, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon and Lebanon.
In this first phase of implementation, 59 projects were selected by a Management Committee, made up of French-speaking technical experts, for an amount of approximately 3 million euros, notes the Paris-based organization, observing that in a next step, initiatives will be carried out in other countries.
The selected projects are divided between support for entrepreneurship and the “empowerment” of women, education and vocational training, taking care of priority needs, and awareness and information on health and prevention. diseases.
According to statistics published by the OIF, around 743 million girls have been prevented from attending schools due to the pandemic and 700 million women worldwide work in the informal sector. During the first month of the pandemic, their income fell by 60%.
Morocco was represented at the work of the 37th session of the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie by the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saaid Amzazi, alongside the ministers of 88 member states and governments of the OIF.
This session was marked in particular by the adoption of a new 2020-2025 economic strategy for the Francophonie.
Morocco has been a member, since 1981, of the OIF, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and whose main mission is to promote the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity and to develop educational, economic and cultural cooperation within of the States and governments of the Organization.