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A Call for Acknowledging Problems Facing Single Mothers

Marrakech - On the occasion of the last National Day of Women on October 10, 2014, the National Institute of Solidarity with Women (INSAF) called for addressing the problems facing single mothers. Figures from the group’s 2010 study show that more than 200,000 women gave birth out of wedlock between 2003 and 2009 in Morocco, a significant number. According to INSAF, single mothers still suffer from discrimi ...

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Saudi to deal ‘strictly’ with female drivers

Riyadh - Female drivers in Saudi Arabia will be dealt with “strictly”, authorities said on Thursday before a right-to-drive campaign culminates at the weekend. The kingdom is the world’s only country where women are not allowed to operate cars. Activists said in early October they were revving up their campaign using social media. But the interior ministry said it will “strictly implement” measures against ...

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Fatima Sadiqi Explores the Berber Dimension in Her ‘Moroccan Feminist Discourses’

Fez - Dr. Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies. She published her recent book "Moroccan Feminist Discourse" (260 pages) on September 18, 2014. The central idea of this book may be expressed in the following way: Berber, a historically women-associated language, is made official in the Moroccan 2011 Constitution: an unprecedented and unique event in the modern history of the country. ...

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Belgian Minister Under Fire for Racist Comments Against Moroccans

Rabat-The Belgian government is facing a storm of criticism after one of its Ministers made racist comments about Moroccan, Algerian, and Congolese immigrants and questioning their contribution to the development of the country. Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and a Flemish nationalist, doubted that Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants could add any value for Belgium. Media ...

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Morocco: British Homosexual Released, A Lesson Hopefully Learned

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - The British citizen who was jailed for being a homosexual is now free and on his way out of Morocco and most likely never to come back. A statement released by his family said Ray Cole, 69, was boarding a flight from Marrakech. “We would like to thank everyone here and in Morocco who has helped our campaign to secure the release of our wonderful father. And we would like to ...

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British MP Calls for boycotting Morocco Over Jailing of ‘Gay’ Tourist

Taroudant, Morocco - After a British man was arrested on Thursday and jailed for ‘homosexual acts’ in the kingdom, Mike Freer, a Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green, has reportedly called for “trade talks with Morocco to be blocked.” “It is unacceptable that Ray Cole was arrested for ‘homosexual acts,” Mike Freer told PinkNews. “Morocco needs to decide if it wants to be a modern, tolerant tourist ...

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Sexual harassment in Morocco: “I Wish They Knew What I Endure”

Tangier - Blaming the victim can be devastating to women who have been sexually assaulted and then are deemed “at fault” for their sexual harassment, even though they bear no responsibility for the crime committed against them. Yet it is a common and universal experience of women and girls who are subjected to sexual harassment and sex-based violence. Here are some accounts of Moroccan women whose lives hav ...

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Why Men Ought to Join Women in their Fight Against Patriarchy and Misogyny

By Nouh Anajjar Nador - The title of this article is, or rather appears to be, ironic and likely upsetting for many women—let alone men. It is as if we are wondering whether to join a rebel leader to topple him out of his comfortable throne. But the truth is that there is nothing wrong about this. Patriarchy, with all its iterations, advocates for men before women insofar as the “superior” men are incongruo ...

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FGM survivors may regain the ability to experience an orgasm due to new surgical technique

London - Lack of orgasm for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may now be a thing of the past thanks to new surgery Women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may be able to regain the ability to experience an orgasm through a reconstructive surgery offered by a surgeon in France. Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is defined by the World ...

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Families of 9/11 victims launch anti-Islamophobia campaign

Rabat- Family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York have launched an Anti-Islamophobia campaign to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the tragedy that claimed the lives of more than 3000 people. The campaign, which will be taking the form of bus ads, is designed to promote religious tolerance and interfaith unity especially that many people continue to hold Muslims responsible for the terr ...

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Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals More Likely to Have Mental Problems: survey

Taroudant, Morocco- Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals are more likely to have long-standing mental health problems and have unfavorable experiences with the UK National Health Service than their heterosexual counterparts, a new survey has found. One of the largest surveys of homosexuals in England, the study analyzed data from over two million people. Researchers from the RAND Corporation, the University of Cam ...

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One in 10 girls sexually abused in the world: UNICEF

Taroudant- Around 120 million girls around the world, nearly one in 10, have been subject to rape or sexual abuse by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found. The report shows that the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends. The 206 pages report entitled “HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT A statistical analysis of violence against childre ...

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