Gender issues

Is Arranged Marriage Immoral?

By Zaid Khartit Oklahoma City - While marriage is an intrinsic family value, arranged marriage is antithetical to the ideals of such an institution. Imagine being stuck in an unhappy marriage. Now imagine being married a stranger that your parents chose for you, without your consent, and unhappy? This is an all-too-common practice that has developed in many regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Arran ...

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UN: Minister Underscores Morocco’s Efforts To Ensure Gender Equality

New York - Minister for Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, underscored, on Monday in the UN General Assembly, the progress made by Morocco in the field of improving women conditions and promoting gender equality. Speaking at the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), Hakkaoui gave an overview of the reforms undertaken by Morocco to combat all s ...

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Women’s Day: Let’s Know the Brave Women of Palestine

By Koos Mohammed London - On this International Women's Day, let’s celebrate and know the lives of the Palestinian women who face racism, discrimination, theft, and death, in their own homes and land. The women who live their lives with no certainty that the child they sent to school will return to them. The women who sleep fully clothed in case in the middle of the night they are asked to evacuate their ho ...

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Tunisian Women Face Challenges in Achieving Gender Equality

Tunis - Seventeen women's associations with a focus on different areas concerning women joined forces at a conference entitled “Gender Parity in Decision-Making Positions in Public Service,” at the end of February in Tunis highlighting an issue of concern to all women: gender parity.  Since Tunisia gained its independence in 1956, Tunisian women’s freedom issues have been given priority on the political and ...

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The Importance of Education for Women’s Effective Political Participation

By Abdelhak Ammari Rabat - Different voices call for individuals, both men and women, to participate in the coming Moroccan municipal elections. Unfortunately, no one has pointed out the fact that it is impossible for an illiterate individual to understand the meaning and the purpose of an election. Joshua Cohen (1996, 95) said, “political citizenship - the right to vote and hold office - is a cornerstone o ...

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HRW Slams Morocco for Jailing Two Men Over Homosexuality

Rabat - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticized the jailing of two Moroccan men accused of homosexuality and public indecency. The international organization said this week that the pair was convicted based on police "confessions" made in pre-trial detention," adding that the defendants are believed to have repudiated before the judge and that the court called no witnesses to testify. The two defendants wer ...

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What Constitutes a Woman’s “Honor”?

By Ferdaws Aharrar Rabat - Three women were sitting in the local hospital discussing something that sounded controversial to me, and as I happened to eavesdrop, I could not help but state my opinion and say, “The same weight that is laid on a woman who committed adultery must also be laid on the man.” The conversation seemed to suggest that men’s adultery is something women can do nothing about. One of the ...

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Actress: Middle Easterners Value Moroccan Women Better than Moroccan Men

Rabat- Moroccan actress, Amal Essaqr, said on Friday that Middle Eastern men love Moroccan women better than do Moroccan men, because they appreciate their value more than their countrymen. Essaqr, speaking on the Chada FM radio show “Imad F'La Radio,” said that she is not comfortable with the situation of women in Moroccan “patriarchal society,” which she said “looks down on women in everything they do.” H ...

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Addressing an Uncomfortable ‘Compliment’

By Brianne Kelly Bouarfa, Morocco - I cannot remember the last time that I craved hot chocolate this often and looked forward to early nights knowing that once I was under my covers I could snuggle myself into a warm cacoon of never-wanting-to-leave. It's officially Winter in Morocco and I am dressing the part. My usual attire consists of sweater-pants or thermals under comfy yoga-pants with at least five t ...

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Conference on Maghreb Woman and Democracy: Mentalities Must Change

By Ferdaws Aharrar Marrakesh – Mentalities must change and institutional reforms ought to be activated in order for women of the Grand Maghreb to become integrated into the political decision-making process of their countries, according to presenters at the recent conference on “The Moroccan/Maghrebi Woman and the Democratic Transition” held in Marrakech on January 31st and February 1st. The conference was ...

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Berlin Muslim preacher Says Women Should not Refuse Having Sex with Their Husbands

Rabat - A Berlin Muslim preacher has reportedly proclaimed that women “should be confined to their husband’s home” and never refuse to sleep with their husbands.  In a YouTube video whose content has been reported by the Deutshe Welle and other German local media, Sheikh Abdel Moez al-Eila, a Berlin-based Imam known for his extemist preaching, called for the submission of women to their husbands and that a ...

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Morocco Committed to Ensuring Gender Parity: Minister

Cairo  - Hakkaoui, who made the statement at an Arab conference on gender parity, shed light on the Ikram programme which aims at ensuring gender equality and instilling the gender approach in budget allocation as well as women empowerment. The program, she went on to say, aims at combating all forms of discrimination and violence against women through the elaboration of laws and the institutionalization of ...

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