INSAF is a not-for-profit association located in Casablanca, established in 1999 to combat discrimination and exclusion of women and children in Morocco. Its vision is to help build a society in which the rights of every woman and every child are respected in a dignified and responsible environment.
INSAF’s operates according to 3 strategic objectives:
• to prevent the abandonment of children born out of wedlock by providing them with protection and support, as well as to assist in the social and professional reintegration of single mothers.
• to fight for the eradication of domestic employment of girls under the age of 15, known as “petites bonnes” (“little maids”), by assuming responsibility for them and reintegrating them into families and schools.
• to build awareness of, and advocate, the defence and enhancement of the rights of women and children.
Based on respect for human rights, equal opportunities and equality between men and women, INSAF aims to ensure the contribution of each person, including the beneficiaries of its programmes, in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of its activities.
Instilling a sense of responsibility is also a fundamental part of its approach: it assures the active participation of the population that it serves in recovering and preserving their own dignity.
In 2002, INSAF established the first shelter for single mothers in Morocco. Today, it welcomes more than 400 women and children each year.
Following several national awareness campaigns, it launched a pilot program in 2007 called, “The Fight against Child Labour”. This program allowed for no less than 170 girls to be taken out of the workforce and re-integrated back into their families and schools.
INSAF also actively contributed to the creation of various social collectives to lobby government decision makers and institutional players, both local and regional, to improve women’s and children’s in Morocco.
These are just a few examples of the initiatives undertaken by this small association of 33 employees, with a positive and confident vision of the future for all women and children!