Gender issues

What Constitutes a Woman’s “Honor”?

By Ferdaws Aharrar Rabat - Three women were sitting in the local hospital discussing something that sounded controversial to me, and as I happened to eavesdrop, I could not help but state my opinion and say, “The same weight that is laid on a woman who committed adultery must also be laid on the man.” The conversation seemed to suggest that men’s adultery is something women can do nothing about. One of the ...

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Actress: Middle Easterners Value Moroccan Women Better than Moroccan Men

Rabat- Moroccan actress, Amal Essaqr, said on Friday that Middle Eastern men love Moroccan women better than do Moroccan men, because they appreciate their value more than their countrymen. Essaqr, speaking on the Chada FM radio show “Imad F'La Radio,” said that she is not comfortable with the situation of women in Moroccan “patriarchal society,” which she said “looks down on women in everything they do.” H ...

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Addressing an Uncomfortable ‘Compliment’

By Brianne Kelly Bouarfa, Morocco - I cannot remember the last time that I craved hot chocolate this often and looked forward to early nights knowing that once I was under my covers I could snuggle myself into a warm cacoon of never-wanting-to-leave. It's officially Winter in Morocco and I am dressing the part. My usual attire consists of sweater-pants or thermals under comfy yoga-pants with at least five t ...

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Conference on Maghreb Woman and Democracy: Mentalities Must Change

By Ferdaws Aharrar Marrakesh – Mentalities must change and institutional reforms ought to be activated in order for women of the Grand Maghreb to become integrated into the political decision-making process of their countries, according to presenters at the recent conference on “The Moroccan/Maghrebi Woman and the Democratic Transition” held in Marrakech on January 31st and February 1st. The conference was ...

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Berlin Muslim preacher Says Women Should not Refuse Having Sex with Their Husbands

Rabat - A Berlin Muslim preacher has reportedly proclaimed that women “should be confined to their husband’s home” and never refuse to sleep with their husbands.  In a YouTube video whose content has been reported by the Deutshe Welle and other German local media, Sheikh Abdel Moez al-Eila, a Berlin-based Imam known for his extemist preaching, called for the submission of women to their husbands and that a ...

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Morocco Committed to Ensuring Gender Parity: Minister

Cairo  - Hakkaoui, who made the statement at an Arab conference on gender parity, shed light on the Ikram programme which aims at ensuring gender equality and instilling the gender approach in budget allocation as well as women empowerment. The program, she went on to say, aims at combating all forms of discrimination and violence against women through the elaboration of laws and the institutionalization of ...

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award Sets February 27 deadline for applications

By Ferdaws Aharar Rabat - The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an annual international entrepreneurship competition for women. Every year, six female entrepreneurs are selected as winners. A winner is chosen from each region: North Africa and Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Projects submitted to the competition must meet several criteria: they must be orig ...

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Eradicating underage Marriage Cant’ Be Achieved Without a Change in Mentalities: Minister

By Ferdaws, Aharrar Rabat – Eradicating underage marriage in Morocco requires serious changes to the socioeconomic situation throughout the country, the legal provisions and people’s mentalities, said Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms. In response to a question posed at the House of Councilors on Tuesday, Ramid explained that countries such as Spain, Belgium, France and Finland “have legalize ...

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After Paris, Merkel to March for Muslims in Germany

Rabat - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to join a Muslim community rally on Tuesday to condemn the Paris attacks and send a rebuke to the country's growing anti-Islamic movement. The rally, which is scheduled at 5 pm GMT, will also be joined by Germany's President Joachim Gauck, who will address the event at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. "Hatred, racism and extremism have no place in this country," Merk ...

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Saudi Airlines to Separate Men and Women on Flights

Rabat - Following some men’s complaints about male strangers sitting next to their wives, Saudi Arabian national airline Saudia is moving forward to segregate men and women on its airplanes. According to news360, Saudia will order staff to keep men and women segregated on board their planes, unless they are close relatives. Multiple reports suggest that the policy change came in response to complaints from ...

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Poet Malika Mezan Accuses Human Rights Activist Ahmed Assid of Harassment

Marrakech - Amazigh secular poet Malika Mezan, known for her intrepid writings, has claimed that, contrary to popular belief, she was harassed for many years by human rights activist, Ahmed Assid, revealing a marriage contract, signed by the activist, that initially brought them together. The poet has accused Ahmed Assid of destroying her home and her life, expressing dismay and disbelief that people think ...

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Moroccan Women Residing Abroad: Prospects of Legal Protection under the Moudawana

Rabat - On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code,  KVINFO, the Danish Centre for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, in cooperation with ARPA International and the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University organized an international conference, under the theme: Caught between Family Laws: Gender, Law and Religion – Experien ...

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