Gender issues

Fez Hosts International Forum on Violence against Women

By Sara Gomez Fez - The ISIS Center for Women and Development (ICWAD) will hold an international forum at the Palais des Congrès in Fez, on May 29-31 in response to the increase of violence toward women and girls following the Arab Spring. The post-Arab spring world has proven to be nothing short of violent, especially for North African and Middle Eastern women. These women have only continued to reap the n ...

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American Actress Lindsay Lohan Photographed Carrying the Quran in New York

Rabat - American actress Lindsay Lohan was photographed carrying a hard copy of the Quran (Koran), British newspaper the Daily Mail has reported. The Mean Girls star held a copy of the Muslim holy book in her arm as she was leaving her court-appointed community service in New York on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was sentenced to 125 hours of community service in 2012 after pleading guilty to reckless driving ...

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Women Inside the Myth of Imilchil

By Chaymaa Rhou Rabat - Imilchil is located in the region of the High Atlas of Morocco, where the myriad array of tribal cultures have mixed for centuries.  This land is known for many myths, one of which is the annual Imilchil Festival which celebrates the marriage of couples who they have only just met on the day of this ceremony. The festival has become a tourist attraction where men from all over the wo ...

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Group ‘ASWAT’ Condemns ‘Secret Arrests of Homosexuals’ in Morocco

Rabat- As the International Day Against Homophobia gets closer, “ASWAT”, a group for sexual minorities, denounced “the secret arrest of homosexuals and lesbians” in Morocco. The group posted a communiqué on its Facebook page criticizing what they called “the continuous arrest of people because of their sexual orientations.” "There are certainly arrests and trials taking place in secret without the public kn ...

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A Moroccan Women forum Calls for Castration of Rapists

Rabat - A pro-PJD forum has called for repeat sex offenders and pedophiles to be chemically castrated.   According to the daily newspaper Al Massae in its Friday 24th issue, Azzahrae Forum, a pro-PJD network of over 90 women associations, has unveiled on Wednesday a memo to the Minister of Justice and Liberties which includes a set of proposed amendments to the Moroccan Penal Code. Among other measures, the ...

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‘Quran Would Be a Feminist Charter if It Is reinterpreted,’ Scholar

Rabat - Moroccan doctor and theologian Asma Lamrabet, Director of Women's Studies Centre in Islam, an organization affiliated with the “Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema” in Morocco, said that the Quran, the Muslim holy book, would be a feminist charter if it is reinterpreted. In an interview with the French magazine Le Point, the Moroccan expert explained that "the Quran speaks mostly of the ‘human being’.” In it ...

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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

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 homes for demolitio ...

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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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