Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Aicha Ech-Channa

Aicha Ech-Channa

Industry: Culture & Society

Designation: Activist

Country: Morocco

Winner of the $1 million Opus Prize in 2009, Aicha Ech-Channa has worked for more than five decades helping unmarried women with children in her native homeland of Morocco.

Ech-Channa founded the Association Solidarité Feminine (ASF), which provides childcare, job and life skills training, and job placement services.

Ech-Channa and ASF created a significant public discussion over Morocco’s family law that resulted in a new code that combines positive values and social benefits of religion and tradition with changing norms.

Before founding ASF she worked in the Moroccan Ministry of Social Affairs. Ech-Channa was awarded the prestigious $1 million Opus Prize in 2009, which is given in recognition of extraordinary work in fighting poverty.

Solidarité Féminine officially was recognized in 2002 by the government as a charitable organization and has received financial support from Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

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