Orange Jordan inaugurated Women’s Digital Center at Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID) becoming part of other centers launched in the Kingdom’s governorates under the Orange Digital Centers umbrella, as part of the partnership with Orange Foundation and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), to execute the Women’s Digital Center program for the first time in the Kingdom. The event was attended by Farah Al-Dagestani, Executive Director of the Fund, and CEO of Orange Jordan, Thierry Marigny, and Senior Executive Vice-President of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Philanthropy, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation, Christine Albanel.
The opening ceremony was attended by Chief Enterprise Officer at Orange Jordan, Eng. Mr. Sami Smeirat, and Chief Human Resource Officer at Orange Jordan, Ghada Fares, and Deputy Executive Director at JOHUD, Mohammad Al-Amoush, and media representatives.
Executive Director of JOHUD, Farah Al-Dagestani, emphasized the importance of the technology and telecommunications sector, and investing in it to create new jobs for women, and contribute to enhancing women’s economic participation and engagement in the local labor market to achieve economic development and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
Al-Dagestani said that the partnership between JOHUD, Orange Jordan, and Orange Foundation, and comes as part of its efforts in which the fund undertakes to empower Jordanian women in different areas economically and socially. She considered that this partnership through which the Women’s Digital program is being implemented, would contribute to the empowerment of women in the digital revolution and e-marketing, which will contribute to finding job opportunities and new income resources for them and their families.
Daghestani also praised this model of national partnerships targeted at building the capabilities of women in various fields, including technology and community leadership, and reducing the gender gap, indicating that the program includes the opening of digital centers in five centers affiliated to the fund in the Kingdom.
From her side, Albanel praised the fund’s efforts with Orange, to implement this essential program, noting the organization’s keenness on spreading digital technology and guiding charitable initiatives in this field. She also stressed on the organization’s keenness to empower women through these centers, which makes digital education a starting point for independence, financial security, and career opportunities, as well as enhancing women’s financial independence.
From his side, Marigny said that the Women’s Digital Centers program aims to help women of all age groups and segments of society throughout the Kingdom by providing them with the required training and skills needed to promote a better career, adding that the Women’s Digital Center comes as part of the Orange Digital Umbrella and is in line with Orange Jordan’s corporate social responsibility plan, which aims to add value to people’s lives and aspirations, and reduce the digital gap by providing educational tools to those who rely on digital education.
He stressed Orange Jordan’s keenness on increasing its efforts to empower women and improve their life through sponsoring various conferences, events, and initiatives which aim to support the concepts of leadership, change, and sustainability.
The program was implemented in five centers affliated to JOHUD, and spread across various regions of the Kingdom including Khaldieh, Al-Taibeh, Madaba, Al Hashmi Al Shamali, and Marka in Amman, to support, empower women, and provide them with professional skills and digital competencies, and train them on how to create and build small businesses digitally through various social network platforms and encourage them to invest in the field of Information and Communication Technology.
The program also guides women on how to prepare monthly and annual budgets and reports, thus contributes to improving their living and economic conditions.
Orange Foundation has successfully launched this program in 18 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East as part of its goal to ensure digital access for everyone.
Orange Foundation is considered to be an active digital solidarity organization currently in 30 countries and is committed to three areas of charitable practices for companies which include education, health, and culture.