The Southern Gafsa Development
Association (ADGS), which
founded the center
“Horra wa Faâla” providing
services for women victims
of violence

The center for Women victims of violence in Gafsa: “Horra wa Faâla", inaugurated on August 11, 2017, is a response to an urgent need to address Gender Based Violence in the region. In 2017, UNFPA supported 7 projects dedicated to the creation and the strengthening of centers offering multi sectoral services for women victims of violence and / or in situation of vulnerability. These projects were carried out in partnership with 6 associations, spread over 6 governorates.

Mrs Mhamdi Sonia, the director of ADGS(Southern Gafsa Development Association), founded the organization AGDS in 2000 with the objective of supporting women and girls from Gafsa to attain their economic empowerment.

In 2011, she launched an entrepreneurial training center dedicated to the economic empowerment of women in vulnerable situation. Through this center, many women benefited from qualifying training, access to microloans and entrepreneurship coaching as well as follow-up of their projects

The call for projects launched by UNFPA in 2016 has given the organization the opportunity to broaden the scope of ADGS's activities, through the creation of a shelter for women victims of violence "the originality of the project is that it relies on multi sectoral management. The center is the key link of a network of strong partners, able to provide women victims of violence with psychological, medical, social, legal and economic support".

"Three months before the official opening of the center, we sensitized 226 women and counselled more than 60 through our counselling unit. We noticed that domestic violence is the most recurrent cause of consultation.”

Horra wa Fâala will continue providing women from Gafsa with services and financial support to ensure their empowerment.