Gender issues

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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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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