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“Bastards”: A Documentary Film on Child Marriage in Morocco

Casablanca - "Bastards," a documentary film on child marriage in Morocco, shows women in their battles to gain legal recognition for their children, as well as for their forced marriages. One of these women is Rabha El Haimer, who openly shared her story with the award-winning documentary film maker, Deborah Perkin. On July 11,”Bastards” was released in the United Kingdom by documentary film maker, Deborah ...

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Human Rights Watch: Moroccan Government Should End the Criminalization of Homosexuality

Casablanca - Morocco’s Islam-based penal code punishes those convicted of the crime of “homosexuality” with six months to three years in jail, a sentence that Human Rights Watch (HRW) says cannot be tolerated.  According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the discrimination against homosexuals “violates fundamental human rights protected by international law.” The organization’s position that Morocco should end t ...

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Sentence Reduced for Two Moroccans Accused of Homosexuality

By Sapha Bouamara Rabat - Two Moroccans were sentenced to prison for “homosexuality”in Fqih Bensaleh. Their sentences were reduced after their defense lawyer said his clients were “victims of society.” Last May, a tribunal in the north-western city of Fkih Ben Saleh, 120 miles (200 kilometers) from Casablanca, sentenced six Moroccan men to three years imprisonment for “homosexuality.” On July 3, two of the ...

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Underage Marriage in Morocco Not Eradicated

By Malak Mihraje Rabat - Salima Dakani, 19, married at 16. She escaped a torturous husband and is now taking refuge at an association in Rabat, which provides shelter as well as employment opportunities. Salima Dakani says she was only 15 when she married an abusive man with whom she had two children. Dakani claims her husband locked her up and even electrocuted her once until she foamed from the mouth. "To ...

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International Workshop in Fez recommends implementing laws to stop violence against women

Fez - Isis Center for Women and Development, an NGO based in Fez, held on 20-22 June an international workshop on the state of women’s rights after the Arab Spring in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Rabat, Kvinfo (Denmark), INLAC Fez, and Aalborg University (Denmark). Conscious of the fact that women’s rights are a genuine barometer of the democratic process, the state of women's rights thre ...

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Morocco: MPs Condemns Alleged Law Banning Single Women From Staying in Hotels

Taroudant, Morocco - Controversy has arisen after Istiqlal MP Naima Ben Yahya asked a question, during an oral questions session in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, about the existence of a law preventing single women from staying in hotels. Naima Ben Yahya claimed that many hotel owners prohibit single women from booking a room in their hotels. The Istiqlal MP considered such practices unlawful, sa ...

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Moroccan NGOs Protest Addoha’s Ad for “Disrespecting” Moroccan Women

Casablanca - A new ad by Morocco’s Addoha real estate group, broadcasted on television channel 2M, created a commotion on social media for casting Moroccan women in a negative light. The ad also outraged feminist NGOs in Morocco. After its very first broadcast on 2M, Addoha’s ad made waves on Moroccan social media, mainly for describing Moroccan women as “a burden.” The ad also came under fire for depicting ...

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Morocco’s Prime Minister Comes Under Fire for Remarks on Women

Fez - Prime Minister Benkirane is under fire for his statements to Parliament regarding the role of women earlier this week. The prime minister, and head of the Justice and Development Party, made an impassioned speech suggesting that a women’s place is in the household rather than in the workplace. “Today many women cannot find time to get married, be a mother or bring up children,” Benkirane said in Arabi ...

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We Must Put an End to Street Harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Walking alone on a rather well-lit street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in D.C., I make my way home at around 11 p.m. Headphones in my ears, I’m minding my own business when I pass a young man on a bike. As soon as I make eye contact, I regret it. Please don’t turn around, I will him in my head. Too late. He turns around and starts following my footsteps. “Hey beautiful” I hear ov ...

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Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Morocco: An American Expatriate Speaks up

Rabat- Every time a Moroccan man speaks to me in the streets, I am afraid. I am afraid that he will try to grope me, as I have been groped in the past. My breasts, my stomach, and my legs: they have been treated by some Moroccan men as public property. I am afraid that he will try to follow me home. Once, in the Fez Medina, as I was shopping for vegetables, seven young Moroccan men followed me through the s ...

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Achievements Made by Moroccan Women Showcased in London

London - The achievements made by Moroccan women in the political, social and economic fields were showcased, on Friday in London, by Wali of the Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen region, governor of the province of Kénitra Zineb El Adaoui. Speaking at the opening of the Forum on Women Leaders in the Arab World, El Adaoui, first wali woman in Morocco, underlined the special interest by King Mohammed VI in the issue ...

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Undercover Female Cops Patrol Marrakech to Combat Prostitution

Casablanca - The police in Marrakech, Morocco have adopted a controversial practice designed to put an end to prostitution in the southern city: Female policewomen in civilian clothes are currently patrolling the streets of the Red City hunting down nocturnal sex workers.  More than 25 women were recently arrested in Marrakech for soliciting prostitution, according to daily Assabah’s Monday report. The arre ...

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