Industry: Culture & Society
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.