Gender issues

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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Actress of Street Harassment Viral Video Receives Death, Rape Threats

Rabat- Shoshana B. Roberts, the woman who appeared on the video on street harassment that went viral and received 30 million views so far, has reportedly received rape and death threats following the posting of the video on YouTube on October 28th. The video, posted under the title "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman," shows Shoshana Roberts strolling the streets of New York City wearing a pair of jeans ...

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Men versus Women Virginity: the hypocrisy of Moroccan Society

Fez - In Moroccan culture, the success of an engagement culminating in marriage is based on the notion of virginity. While virginity is linked to the idea of purity, societal pressures to remain pure before marriage fall mainly on women. No one seems to believe that men should also stay virgins before marriage. Rather, virginity in our culture is only related to bleeding from the breaking of the hymen rathe ...

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Morocco Ranks Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality

Taroudant, Morocco - Despite the government’s huge efforts to empower women to fit in all the domains of life, Moroccan women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in terms of economic participation, access to political empowerment, health and survival rates, and enrollment in tertiary education and work, according to a survey of 142 nations released Tuesday. The annual Gender Gap Index of the Gen ...

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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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