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Moroccan Woman March in Rabat for the Implementation of Gender Equality

Rabat- Moroccan women organized a March in Rabat to denounce the government’s lack of will to implement the provisions of the constitution on gender equality. Between 1,000 and 1,200 people marched on Sunday morning in Rabat in response to the call launched by Civil Coalition for the Implementation of Article 19 in the Moroccan Constitution. Demonstrators, who came from all corners of the country, including ...

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Bouchra Marmoul, the first Moroccan female Jockey

Taroudant, Morocco- Bouchra Marmoul, the first Moroccan female jockey, will represent Morocco in the seventh edition of the Grand Prix of Prince Moulay Hassan on April 11 at the Casablanca-Anfa racetrack, competing for the prize of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak.  A distinguished cavalier recently approved by “la Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC)” the Royal Company for the Promotion of the Horse ...

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Moroccan “Mule Ladies:” a Sisyphus Curse for Few Dollars

Goulmima Watching the scene from a bird-eye view gives the impression that it is a caravan of animals carrying goods. A little closer up features mopeds loaded with large bundles traveling back and forth a fence. To understand the complete picture, it is necessary to examine the relationship between Morocco and Melilla and Ceuta, the two Spanish enclaves in the African continent. Business transactions gener ...

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Gender inequality and the recent reforms of Moudawana in Morocco

Fez - After many years of struggle by women’s organizations, the situation of women in Morocco has improved, thanks to the adoption of several reforms. During the last two decades, Moroccan women have been calling for equal rights between men and women. Their efforts have given birth to many triumphs and contributed to the improvement of the status of women in Morocco. Theoretically, Morocco has some of the ...

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Morocco: Let’s Talk Calmly about the Marriage of Minors

By Abdelali Hamieddine Rabat - The institution of the family and its place in society is not an Arab or Islamic characteristic. Many civilizations have emphasized the “family” within their communities. For example, in Chinese culture the family includes the parents, children and elderly who all live in the same place. It plays an important role in the social life in China by preserving the historical achiev ...

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Moroccan Rural Women

By Azize Kour Sale - I decided to write about Moroccan women because of personal and psychological motives and needs. I grew up in the countryside, and never thought to question the suffering of women in my family in a patriarchal context. Because of the ongoing debate on feminism, I have started viewing the matter differently. My firsthand experience in the countryside is of great relevance and insight to ...

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Far-Right Leader Says He Won’t Apologize for “Fewer Moroccans”

The Hague - An unrepentant Geert Wilders fought back Saturday against a storm of protest and an exodus from within his own anti-Muslim party after he vowed "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands. The platinum-haired populist was forced to deny parallels with Nazi leaders after he was widely perceived as having gone too far in his attack on a specific ethnic group on Wednesday. "I spoke the truth, I'm not sorr ...

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Exodus’ from Dutch Far-Right Leader after He Promised “Fewer Moroccans”

THE HAGUE- More members of Dutch populist Geert Wilders' party abandoned the anti-Muslim leader on Saturday amid an unprecedented storm of protest after he vowed "fewer Moroccans' in the Netherlands. Three councilors quit his Party for Freedom (PVV) party in the northern Friesland province, after similar moves by the head of the party's bloc in the European parliament and two Dutch MPs. National news agency ...

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Moroccan writer Fatema Mernissi discusses women’s issues in Rabat

RABAT - Moroccan writer Fatema Mernissi discussed women’s issues, tackling different points from feminism to globalization’s impact on women, during a lecture on Tuesday, March 18 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rabat. Mernissi said that she rejects the word ‘feminism’. The reason behind her claim is that she was once planning on attending a conference on feminism with a male colleague. However, t ...

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Morocco ranks 129th in World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index

Rabat- The results of the 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Index have been released, with the Nordic countries continuing their streak at the top and Morocco holding its position at 129th. The Global Gender Gap Index examines the gap between men and women and gives136 countries a score in Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empow ...

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Morocco, Spain Announce Holding of Training Session on Role of Women In Mediation In Mediterranean

Brdo (Slovenia) -  Morocco and Spain announced Tuesday in Brdo (30 km north of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia), the organization soon of a training session on the role of women in mediation in the Mediterranean. The announcement was made by minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida and head of Spanish diplomacy, José Manuel Garcia Margallo during the opening session of the third ...

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Morocco Participates In 58th Session Of The UN Commission On Women

New York (UN) -  Morocco participates in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, held on March 10-21 at the UN headquarters in New York, and which focuses on development, particularly education and reproductive rights. The Moroccan delegation participating in the session is led by Bassima Hakkaoui, minister of solidarity, women, family, and social development. In her remarks on Monday ...

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