Empowering Women and Girls: Empowerment in Africa to reduce poverty and violence through a web based counselling service. （賦權女性：透過網站諮商服務賦權非洲以減少貧窮與犯罪）
11/07/2019 - 13:30 to 11/07/2019 - 15:00
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Equality and Economic Empowerment
Halley Movement （哈雷運動）
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words):
The widespread adoption of social media and other networked technologies by all communities has prompted concerns about the safety issues they face when they go online. This is being dealt with by Halley Movement Coalition in Mauritius and Africa. On the other hand, the Coalition is using this medium to create awareness among communities to reduce poverty and violence.
In this regards, Halley Movement has been conducting awareness sessions for parents, women, girls and home stay mothers since 2002. Around 30,000 people have been sensitized till date on various topics including SDGs. The objectives of these awareness sessions is to promote and empower them to reduce poverty and violence.
Since 2012, a free web based counselling service has been set up and is being conducted by Halley Movement. This online counselling service, Helpline Mauritius, www.helplinemauritius.org established by Halley Movement is operational in Mauritius and in the Indian Ocean islands region since 2012.
With the growing number of users connecting to this helpline, we are being able to target women and girls. Therefore, Halley Movement is continuously working towards providing a greater number of sensitization on these particular topics to combat poverty and violence among women and girls.
In this way, our target group is able to adopt a more responsible approach when they are faced with challenging issues in life.
Fatima Outaleb is a founding member and executive board member of Union de l’Action Féminine (Union of Women’s Action, UAF). Ms. Outaleb is also a permanent UAF representative at the ECOSOC, as well as director of a UAF shelter for women victims of violence. Ms. Outaleb is a member of the human rights follow-up group MOROCDH for the implementation of the treaty body recommendations. She was a member of the working committee on Gender and Development in Morocco in partnership with the British Council, and she is currently the sipu (SIDA) local partner in Morocco for the implementation of a training program on gender equality. She has contributed to or led many campaigns in Morocco, including a recent national campaign on early marriages. Ms. Outaleb’s academic and professional training lies in the areas of education and human rights, and she holds a diploma in women’s rights from Raoul Wallenberg Institute and a certificate from the Human Rights Treaty body recommendations at the national level. A mother of two children, she was originally an English teacher and trainer (holding a BA in English Literature and high study degree on ELT), before she was appointed to the UAF by the Moroccan Ministry of Education.