Gender issues

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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Dutch TV Presenter Kicked out of Night Club Because of His Moroccan Origin

Rabat- A Moroccan-Dutch TV presenter was recently kicked out of a nightclub while he was having a drink. Mustapha Marghadi, a famous TV presenter in the Netherlands, wrote on his Twitter account that while he was sitting at the bar enjoying his drink, a bouncer came up to him and asked him to leave, for no other reason than his Moroccan appearance. This incident reflects the discrimination that the Moroccan ...

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EU Donates MAD 17 Million to Help Moroccan Single Mothers

Marrakech - In an agreement signed on Thursday in Casablanca, the European Union donated MAD 17 million to l’Institution Nationale de Solidarité avec les Femmes en Détresse (INSAF), the National Institute of Solidarity with Women, an organization that works to eradicate problems facing single mothers. Morocco, along with the general world community, has recently highlighted the issue of single mothers due t ...

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Rural Women in Morocco: a Call for Empowerment

Fez - Although Article 19 of the 2011 Constitution states that men and women should enjoy equal rights and freedoms in all civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental matters, Morocco is ranked 131 out of 142 countries for equal gender rights, according to the Global Gender Gap Report of 2014. The situation is even worse for rural women in Morocco. Societal problems, stereotypes, and lack ...

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Child Marriage in Morocco: Young girls Married at the Age of 12

Rabat - A new report released by Morocco’s Ytto Foundation revealed that among 138 marriages in the Midelt province, 52 percent of brides are minors, and some of them married at the age of 12. 91 percent of these couples are with undocumented marriage. The Ytto Foundation introduced the report to the media during a press conference on Thursday in Casablanca. It was conducted by a delegation from the Ytto Fo ...

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Moroccan Woman Tops Forbes’ List of Most Powerful Young African Women

Rabat - Morocco’s Fatima-Zahra Mansouri, Mayor of Marrakesh, ranks first in Forbes magazine’s list of 20 young powerful African women released this Thursday. Every year since 2011, Forbes magazine hires a group of young, professional African women to help identify the most innovative, courageous and successful young women in Africa aged 45 and under. This year, Forbes celebrates 20 influential female leader ...

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Morocco launches national observatory on violence against women

Taroudante- Bassima Hakkaoui, the Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development, launched on Tuesday in Rabat the establishment of an observatory on violence against women. To celebrate the International Day to End Violence against Women, the minister also inaugurated the 12th national campaign against domestic violence, which will end on December 10. Hakkaoui said that the establis ...

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40 Percent of Moroccans Are Against Polygamy: Survey

Marrakech - Polygamy is a legitimate right in Islam, but about 40 percent of Moroccans are against it. 46 percent of women object to polygamy at a great extent, while only about 22 percent of men share them the same attitude, according to an opinion poll accomplished by TNS Foundation for Tel Quel magazine. 40 percent of men are in favor polygamy and expressed their objection to the idea of banning polygamy ...

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