“Forum theater” as a training tool for leaders of women’s organizations
Algeria France Morocco Tunisia
Leadership and decision making
The young leaders of women's organizations participated in "forum theater" workshops to strengthen their self-confidence.
The training sessions give members of these organizations the necessary tools to create professional networks and projects supporting women.
In the countries of North Africa where women’s rights are threatened by the influence of conservative movements, women’s organizations are often the only means of defending the progress made and promoting women’s full integration into economic and social life.
To strengthen women’s organizations and create better networks between them, the Mediterranean Women’s Fund (MedWF) is helping to create a regional professional network.
Fondation CHANEL supported a pilot training project for leaders of women’s organizations launched by the MedWF in Algeria, Morocoo,,Tunisia, and France. Based on a participatory approach including “forum theater” methods, its goal is to give members of these organizations the necessary tools to create and develop professional networks and projects supporting women. The project helped them become more active publicly and successfully manage and carry out their initiatives.
- More than 120 young women aged 17 to 35 were trained in “collective intelligence” through this project.
- Several of them subsequently created rights awareness-raising campaigns and workshops.
- The program enhanced their self-confidence and ability to express and organize themselves in networks.
- A meeting bringing together participants and trainers is scheduled in Morocco in 2016. It will be an important and necessary event to report on and evaluate this pilot experience before extending it to other Mediterranean countries.
The Fund for Mediterranean Women was established in 2008. Its objective is to participate in improving the status of women and the promotion of gender equality by contributing to strengthening the women’s movement in the region, both at the local and regional levels.