Social and solidarity economy: 3rd edition of the National Prize “Lalla Al Moutaaouina”

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy chaired, this Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the award ceremony for the best women's cooperatives selected for the third edition of the “Lalla AL Moutaaouina” National Prize. This annual prize, organized this year under the theme “For female leaders of leading cooperatives”, awards the best ideas for female cooperative projects. This ceremony is part of the efforts made jointly by the Ministry and the Office for the Development of Cooperation, in partnership with the public and private sector, to strengthen the integration of the gender approach through the promotion and supporting women's cooperative enterprises. The objective is to promote the role of women's cooperatives, as social enterprises contributing through excellence to the economic empowerment of women, but also to encourage them to social innovation so that they improve their conditions. economic, social and educational. Thus, among the 506 project ideas that were presented by women's cooperatives following a call for expressions of interest launched by the Office for the Development of Cooperation, 29 women's cooperatives succeeded in distinguishing themselves through projects innovative and promising. The award-winning cooperatives, active in different regions of the Kingdom, operate in particular in the sectors of crafts, agriculture, foodstuffs, argan, waste recycling, tourism and renewable energies. Several actors from the public and private sector, as well as several international partners, have contributed to the financing of these prizes, including the OCP foundation, Crédit Agricole, Attijariwafa Bank, Bank of Africa, COSUMAR, Vivo Energy, Atlas Bottling Company, the NGO International Oxfam Morocco, the TMSA Foundation, the Regional Council of Guelmim Oued Noun, the COPAG agricultural cooperative, the Belgian Embassy and the international NGO Oxfam Morocco. In the speech delivered during this ceremony, the Minister returned to the considerable development that Moroccan women's cooperatives have experienced in recent years, bringing their number to more than 6,000 cooperatives made up of more than 65,000 members It should be noted that women's cooperatives represent 15% of total cooperatives in Morocco. The Minister recalled that, during the last five years following the promulgation of Law 112-12 relating to cooperatives, 4,000 cooperatives were created, i.e. an annual average of 800 cooperatives. The Minister underlined that the economic empowerment of women is one of the main priorities of the Ministry, and that it will continue to be one of the main strategic axes for building a strong inclusive economy, in full compliance with the recommendations of the New Development Model. The Minister specified that this year's edition of “Lalla Al Moutaaouina” is strongly characterized by the investment in the female human capital of cooperatives. Thus, in preparation for this prize, an innovative training program was launched to strengthen the skills of presidents and managers of women's cooperatives, in partnership with the Canadian Academy for Training and Council. More than 400 women have benefited from this program which covers different areas, such as leadership, setting up projects, marketing or even the development of partnerships… This training was crowned by an international certificate awarded by the Canadian Training Academy. and Council. The Minister also added that this prize is a guarantee of the involvement of private sector partners, regional councils and donors in achieving the objectives set out in the framework of the new development model, particularly with regard to economic empowerment of women and support for income-generating projects of cooperative enterprises.