Known for her dedication to the cause of women and children, her audacity, her altruism and her fight for the rights of the most vulnerable, Aisha Ech-chenna remains an icon and an example of self-sacrifice for the defense of just causes.
Aïcha Ech-Chenna, founding president of the Association Solidarité Féminine (ASF), has led a relentless fight for the rights of women and children for more than 50 years, with unwavering support for single mothers and abandoned children.
Founded in 1985, ASF was the first association in Morocco to offer training to enable these women to become autonomous and to adapt to their situation. The mother-chicken of the voiceless has worked her entire life to support single mothers without money or a roof over their heads, as well as all women who fear public opprobrium.
Far from singling them out, she has provided them with adequate
training for social integration, education if necessary, and employment so that they can become economically independent. To help these mothers, young girls or divorced women, to integrate into the workforce, she directed them towards professional training adapted to their social and intellectual level.
For the most vulnerable, Mama Aïcha has set aside training in culinary arts, sewing, hairdressing, beauty, teaching and sales techniques.
Today, the media, civil society, politicians and feminists all agree that the next generation will not be easy.
Born in Casablanca in 1941, Aïcha Ech-Chenna moved to Marrakech before returning to Casablanca in 1953. Fatherless at an early age, she studied nursing and then worked as a health and social worker. In 1985, she founded the Association Solidarité féminine (ASF) to defend the rights of abandoned women and children. She published the book “Miseria”, a collection of “stories of victims (abused maids or abandoned children) that have deeply marked the Moroccan opinion”.