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Women’s Rights Icon Aicha Ech-Chenna Died Aged 81

Written by FDM

Morocco’s Mother Teresa, the women’s rights activist Aicha Ech-Chenna died this Sunday at 81.⠀

Morocco bids farewell to the woman who devoted her life to supporting single mothers and abandoned children, after a long battle with illness.⠀

Aïcha Ech-Chenna, founding president of the Association Solidarité féminine (ASF), has led a tireless fight for more than 50 years defending single mothers and abandoned children.⠀

Founded in 1985, the ASF was the first association in Morocco to offer financial independence to single mothers, who were rejected by their families, by providing training, literacy courses, and work. ⠀

In 1996, Aicha Ech-Chenna published an essay, Miseria, with Le Fennec, a collection of stories of victims (mistreated little maids or abandoned children) that marked Moroccan public opinion.⠀

Funny, free, and direct, Aïcha Ech-Chenna received the Human Rights Prize from the French Republic in 1995 and the prestigious Opus Prize from the United States in 2009. She was also made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in France, in 2013. Among other distinctions.⠀

She will undoubtedly be missed.⠀