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Female Leadership, the Way of the Future

Casablanca - Women intensely contribute to the development of humanity on the scale of individuals, organizations and societies. They do it, for sure, passionately, often suffering unequal opportunities, but they do so especially with a lot of influence on men and the organizations they belong to. Dwight Eisenhower, President of the United States of America from 1953 and 1961, brilliantly defined leadership ...

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Homophobia in Morocco: Gay or Straight, It’s Personal

Fez - Recently, a horrible video was posted on YouTube showing a naked same-sex male couple being assualted in a house in Beni Mellal. The attackers, who allegedly broke into the couple’s place, callously insulted and beat the couple while one of them bled profusely. The attackers subsequently forced one of the victims to go out naked in public. The macabre scene caused multiple reactions while Moroccan aut ...

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Morocco Deport Canal + Crew for Filming without Authorization

By Umnia Rais Rabat - A group of French journalists was arrested in Beni Mellal because they were making a short film about homosexuality without an authorization from local authorities. A source from the ministry of communication stated that the crew of the “le petit journal” show, which is presented by the French Channel “CANAL+,” was arrested and deported out of Morocco because they were filming an episo ...

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Morocco: What Every Woman Needs to Know

By  Noël Lindquist Tangier - Morocco’s reputation as a difficult destination for women precedes itself for a reason. I was forewarned and you probably will be too, but I didn’t let those warnings stop me and you shouldn’t either. Morocco is an incredibly enchanting nation, each city so different, distinct and delightful. Morocco is one of the most diverse nations on the African continent, with rugged mounta ...

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Homophobia: A New Act of Aggression Shocks Social Media Users in Morocco

By Safae Kajouane Rabat - A disturbing video shows individuals assaulting two men who were perceived to be a homosexual couple. The couple was forced to go home naked after series of beatings and verbal abuse. The assault took place on March 25 at the gay couple's home in the city of Beni-Mellal. After similar assaults in Fez on June 29, 2015 and Casablanca on September 23, 2015 against homosexual people, t ...

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Older Women Subjected to Violence Are Being Ignored, Says HelpAge International

Rabat - Lack of data renders older women invisible in the face of violence and discrimination, says HelpAge International. HelpAge International is calling for more to be done to end violence and abuse against older women, saying that a lack of data is leaving them at risk. “Data on physical and sexual violence against women usually stops at age 49, effectively excluding a quarter of the world’s women”, sai ...

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Morocco: Draft Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Translated by MRA Mobilising for Rights Associates Rabat - Bassima Hakkaoui, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity Women, Family, and Social Development, submitted a new second draft on March 4, 2016 for violence against women. To promote democracy and continue working on its distinguished model of development, Morocco has for the last two decades initiated a promising human-rights-based dynamism involving many s ...

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International Women’s Day: The Daily Life of Morocco’s Forgotten Women

Rabat - The video bellow details the life of Assma, a young woman from the southern city of Ouarzazate. Like so many other women in Morocco, Assma spends her days making and selling Msamen on the streets. In the video, Assma vividly describes the difficulties she faces in day to day life; from her father insisting she remain in the home, to disapproval from male customers. Assma also voices her dreams of wa ...

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Morocco: Draft Law Punishes Sexual Harassment With up Six Months in Prison

Rabat - On International Women’s Day, Bassima Hakkaoui, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity Women, Family, and Social Development, announced a new second draft for an anti-sexual harassment law. Hakkaoui presented the draft to the general secretariat of the government on Tuesday after the first draft proved to be highly controversial in feminist circles, according to Medias24. During the presentation of the dra ...

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Moroccan Women Honored at UNESCO on International Women’s Day

Rabat - Moroccan women were honored at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday in celebration of International Women’s Day. Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mbarka Bouaida, and the Director-General of UNESCO will co-chaired the event on March 8. A roundtable about Moroccan women was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris around 10 a.m. Entitled "Women's Rights in Morocco: Between Promises and Effectiven ...

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Amnesty International: Six Reasons Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

Rabat - In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Amnesty International (AI) released a list of six reasons why a day that focuses on the challenges that women face “is more important than ever.” The advocacy organization named access to abortion first on its list, as approximately 39 percent of the people on earth live under laws that either totally ban the procedure or only allow it if the p ...

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Belgian-Moroccan Muslim Finalist in Mister Gay Belgium

Rabat - A Muslim has participated in and reached the finals of Mister Gay Belgium (MGB) for the first time ever. Abdellah Bijat is a 22-year-old Belgian-Moroccan homosexual whose participation in the pageant-style competition has stirred up controversy in Belgium because of his religious affiliation. In an interview with Belgian radio station Studio Brussel, Bijat said, “I want to show that 2016 should be a ...

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