Gender issues

A woman is raped every 40 minutes in France: Survey

Rabat - The number of reported rapes and sexual assaults in France has shot up 18 percent over the past five years, a new survey revealed. The new figures were issued by the French National Observatory of Crime and Criminal Liability (ONDRP) and published on Tuesday by France’s Daily Le Figaro newspaper. The new figures revealed that a woman is raped every 40 minutes in France. This means there were 33 sexu ...

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Moroccan Women Demand Women-Only Beach in Tangier

Rabat - A group of women in Tangier launched a campaign on Facebook entitled "Women-only beach", calling for a private beach exclusively for women. On their Facebook page, the activists said that the beach of Tangier is large enough to allocate a space exclusively for women to swim “in conformity with Islamic legislations” that prohibit women to show parts of their body in public. Getting mobilized and attr ...

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Moroccan Women Affected by Sexual Harassment Share Their Views

Casablanca - In the last few weeks, negative headlines concerning the violation of women’s rights in the Kingdom of Morocco have been dominating the Moroccan media landscape. Although sexual harassment has been discussed over and over again, it remains an issue that women continue to endure on a daily basis. Women walking alone on the streets often times find themselves in a rush, not enjoying a simple walk ...

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For British Men One Sexual Partner Isn’t Enough: Survey

Rabat - Nearly half of British men believe that having only one sexual partner at a time is not natural, claiming that humans are naturally polygamous. Of the 1,714 British adults polled, the YouGov survey published on July 31st, revealed that 46% of British men think that humans are polygamous by nature. On the other hand,only 32% of British women believe human beings are ‘not’ monogamous by nature. Despit ...

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Women in Hijabs denied entry at several Egyptian resorts

Rabat - Many Egyptian resorts and restaurants have adopted Hijab-free zone policies, turning women in headscarves away upon entrance. In a country where 90 percent of its population is Muslim, many feel that these bans are “discriminatory” against practicing Muslim women. The ban is reportedly popular at upscale resorts and restaurants often visited by foreigners, in cities such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurgh ...

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Sarah Zouak’s Women SenseTour: A Journey for Women’s Empowerment

By Bochra Laghssais Ifran - Sarah Zouak is a 25-year-old French and Moroccan woman and a recent college graduate. Born and raised in France, she has two Master’s degrees: one in Management (Marketing specialization) from the business school ESCEM, and one in International Relations from IRIS. She has been interested in human rights, and more specifically in women’s rights, from an early age. She used to wor ...

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Challenging the Stigma of Women in Moroccan Society

By Firdaouss Boutaba Rabat - Imagine smiling after a slap in the face; then think of doing it all your life. This is the way women live in Moroccan society. Women’s lives are shaped by deadlines; that is, we are taught to believe blindly that as women we have a very short period to live, marry and have children, or else we will fall into the dungeon of spinsterhood or simply become scrap. Raised to take on ...

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Human Rights Watch calls on Morocco to decriminalize homosexuality

Rabat - In the wake of a mob attack on a gay man in Fez on June 29, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement asking Moroccan authorities to abolish Article 489 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes “acts against nature when committed between members of the same sex.” The statement said that HRW is aware of a series of cases in which men have been imprisoned under Article 489, arguing that ...

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I Want Asylum in Country Where My Rights Will Be Recognized: Fez Gay Man

Rabat - A man who was attacked on Monday because of his sexual orientation is seeking asylum in a country where his rights will be recognized and the law is respected. "I am demanding the right of asylum in a country where the law is respected,” the gay man, whose identity has not yet been revealed, told news website Goud.ma. In an interview with the Arabic-speaking website posted to YouTube, the man said t ...

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Moroccan Social Media Users Condemn Mob’s Assault of Gay Man

By Timothy Filla Washington - Following the emergence of video footage showing a mob in Fez beating a man dressed in woman’s clothing, many Moroccans have taken to social media to express their outrage at the attack. The overwhelming majority of commenters on Facebook and YouTube condemned the violence and called for the perpetrators to be punished. On June 30, Moroccan news station Goud TV posted a cell ph ...

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Moroccan Opposition Parties Denounce Arrest of Women for Wearing Mini-skirts

Rabat - Opposition parties PAM and USFP have joined forces to denounce the arrest of two women in Inezgane who are facing charges for "gross indecency" after having been arrested for having worn miniskirts last week. Deputies of the two parties gathered at the House of Representatives on Tuesday and declared that the arrest of the two young women might feed extremism and cause acts of terrorism in the count ...

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Public Prosecutor Opens Investigation After Assault on Gay Man in Morocco

Rabat - The Public Prosecutor at the Court of First Instance of Fez said in a communique issued on Tuesday that his office would open an investigation into the incident that occurred last night in the country’s spiritual capital, when dozens of angry people savagely attacked a gay man getting out of a taxi. “The Public Prosecutor has ordered the opening of a probe to identify people involved in the assault ...

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