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Baramijlaha

Empowering Moroccan girls to better their communities

About

Baramij Laha is an intensive training program designed to equip economically disadvantaged, female, Moroccan teenagers with the technical skills and leadership abilities necessary for them to tackle issues they are passionate about, be prepared for global career opportunities in the 21st century, and become leaders in their communities. Taught by female students from the United States, the program aims to bridge cultural divides between Moroccan and American youth through peer-to-peer learning.

2018

codeHER ran its first pilot program for 14 girls in the U.S. Embassy's ACCESS program, which provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students. Program took place from August 1-11, 2018 in Kenitra, Morocco.  

Making a Change Competition

In groups, participants identify a problem their community faces and solve it by creating their own organizations. Participants learn how to create their own websites, apps, digital presentations, marketing videos, social media accounts, and project proposals for their organizations that they pitch in a structured session to global professionals.

Public Diplomacy Grant from State Department

codeHER received a Public Diplomacy Grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Rabat for its girls tech and leadership program, Baramij Laha. After an intensive process, Saniya Vashist and her team, all high school and college students, were awarded this grant to help empower Moroccan girls.

2019

Kenitra: American Language School

Week 1:

Participants-

  • Built online portfolios marketing their skills, talents, and qualifications to future employers

  • Created digital presentations about their future aspirations and goals and then presented them to the class

  • Participated in mock job interviews to give them real world experience of how to present themselves in a professional setting

Week 2: 

  • 30 more girls were to our program and last year’s students led their teams

  • Students pitched their projects in a structured session at the City Commune to community members, representatives from the U.S. Embassy, and government officials from the City of Kenitra 

  • Participants received awards and certificates of excellence.

Rabat

Youth-empowerment and computer science workshop for 100 teenagers at the U.S. Embassy's Innovation & Science Camp.

Agadir: American Language Center

Baramij Laha program for 30 girls, worked with representatives from the Embassy and Dr. Ayanna Howard to implement a robotics workshop, participants pitched their projects at the Closing Ceremony.

Agadir: Ignite Camp

App development workshop at the Embassy's Ignite Camp sponsored by the Duke Institute of Global Health.

Agadir: Tiddoukla Youth Club Camp

Cultural awareness and youth leadership seminar for 65 teens

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International Advisers

Elisabeth Myers is a lawyer, law professor, consultant, communications expert, and strategist.  She is the first Editor-in-Chief of online magazine, Inside Arabia, based in Washington, DC.  Over her twenty five year legal career, she was a partner in AmLaw 100 law firms and the founding principal of Myers Energy International.  Ms. Myers has served as a strategic advisor for a number of non-profit organizations with respect to Moroccan and U.S.-Morocco matters.  A frequent speaker and lecturer around the world, Ms. Myers has presented seminars, webinars, on-line courses, as well as internal training sessions for US and foreign government agencies and universities.  Ms. Myers is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University's Washington College of Law.  She served as an International Observer in a highly controversial case in the Court of Appeal in Rabat-Sale, Morocco. She is a founding member of the Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association and served on its Board of Directors and as the Chair of its Women's Entrepreneur Initiative.  

Fadwa Kamal is a Moroccan digital expert and trainer. She is the founder of the Hacks Hackers Casablanca. She previously worked as Storylab Academy Lead in Morocco. In 2017, she was selected as one of the most impactful Peace Hack Ambassadors in the MENA region by the Swedish Institute.

Fadwa is currently doing her Msc in International Political Economy on the  Chevening scholarship award at the University of Aberdeen. She also completed Masters in Auditing and Management in 2014 and previously studied Media and Information literacy and Intercultural dialogue at Athabasca University as well as International Human rights Law at BAU -Lebanon.

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