Empowering Women for Democratic Participation

by High Atlas Foundation Vetted since 2006 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


This project's mission is to advance participatory democracy and to apply solutions to systemic barriers to sustainable human development. The first objective is to develop citizens' agency and voice, especially of women, through personal empowerment, fostering change-agents who build environments that promote democracy and guarantee freedom. The second one is to promote decision-making through participatory action to support the implementation of developmental projects and social change.

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Morocco's women have traditionally been marginalized from political, economic and social realms. The reality for women is such that legal rights are of little relevance to their lives. The youth suffers from a lack of opportunities regarding education, jobs and conditions to contribute their energies to further their rights and be active citizenry. In light of the Arab Spring there is a sense of urgency to promote development that both directly engages and benefits the majority of the population


HAF will deeply engage citizens, locally elected officials and youth. The first pathway is to develop citizens' agency, especially of women, through personal empowerment, fostering change-agents who build environments that promote democracy and guarantee freedom. The second pathway is through participatory action to promote decision-making authority. The aim is to adapt and create methods of participatory democratic planning in order to support the implementation of development projects.

Long-Term Impact

By advancing participatory democracy where communities actively strategize and apply solutions to systemic barriers and by employing agency-based empowerment to propel women's and youth's active participation in the economic, social and political spheres throughout Morocco, systemic poverty will be reduced. This will contribute towards developing community-led sustainable social, economic and political stability for all in Morocco.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


HAF website
Empowering a women's coop in Ouaouizerth, Morocco
A day in the life of HAF project manager, Amina
"Women and Trees - For the Sake of the Planet"

Organization Information

High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.highatlasfoundation.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @haffdtn
Project Leader:
Fatima Zahra Laaribi
Marrakech, Morocco
$2,609 raised of $50,000 goal
17 donations
$47,391 to go
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