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Morocco: Police Officers Convince Woman to Not File Complaint Against Harasser

Rabat - Police officers in Rabat have reportedly convinced a young woman, who had been followed and harassed by an unknown man, to refrain from filing an official complaint against the perpetrator after he had been caught by authorities, according to details of the incident posted on Lesiteinfo.com. The story is far from an isolated incident but Morocco’s legislature has so far been slow to pass a law conde ...

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Morocco: Petition Launched Against Bill Authorizing Maids to Work at Age 16

Rabat - A number of international lawyers have started a petition under the slogan “No to the exploitation of minors working domestic jobs” against a bill in the House of Representatives that aims to authorize minors as young as 16 to work legally as maids in Morocco. On Monday, the Committee on Social Sectors approved bill 19.12, which also regulates working conditions for domestic servants, with seven mem ...

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Obama’s Transgender Directive to Public Schools Creates Outrage

Rabat - The Obama administration issued directives on Friday requiring US public school districts across country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. The Obama administration made one of “the boldest and clearest statements in support of transgender people,” according to LGBT rights activists. According to the BBC, Attorney G ...

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Moroccan and Algerian Gay Couple to get Married in Melilla

Rabat - Two male Moroccan and Algerian asylum seekers, who fled their countries for being gay, have taken steps to marry in the Center for Temporary Stay of Immigrants (CETI) in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, situated in northern Morocco. According to the Spanish news outlet Eldiario, Annouar Damani, an Algerian who converted to Christianity, and his Moroccan partner Mohammed, originally from Nador, are ta ...

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Morocco: Activists Call for One-Third Quota for Women in House of Representatives

Rabat - Women’s groups in Morocco are leading a movement to have the government allocate at least a third of freshman representatives, who will be voted into office after legislative elections this October, exclusively for woman, according to a report by Medias24.  Rasheed Talibi, the head of the House of Representatives, welcomed the movement’s proposal in order to guarantee the presence of women in the go ...

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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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