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Morocco Ranks in Bottom 10 Countries in Gender Gap Report

Rabat - Morocco still has work to do in bridging the gender gap between men and women a report has found. The country ranks 139 out of 145 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on November 18. With a score of 0.593 out of 1, Morocco ranks in the bottom tier of of countries among whom are Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Chad, Syria, Pakistan and lastly Yem ...

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Morocco: Young Boys Laugh as They Sexually Assault Girl

A shocking video of a horde of young teenagers sexually assaulting a young girl in Morocco has emerged on social media. The video posted on Facebook shows a distressed girl in tears, screaming, as she tries to escape the gang of attackers who are trying to remove her clothes by force. “She is crying but she must love this,” says one boy, laughing. “Where is your father?” says another, equally amused. “You w ...

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Morocco’s Inheritance Problem

By Sammy Benfares London - The Council of Human Rights (CNDH) is at odds with Morocco's ruling Party of Justice and Development (PJD). The disagreement came after the proposal was made by the CNDH to ditch Morocco's Islamic approach to inheritance and make it in line with women's equal rights. The CNDH’s proposal was firmly denied by Prime Minister Benkirane's party, and the reason is arguably because the P ...

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Why Muslim Men and Women Should Be Equal in Inheritance

Fez - Recently Morocco’s National Council for Human Rights recommended that men and women should have an equal share in inheritance. This recommendation created a controversy between liberals who welcomed the initiative and conservatives who consider it heresy and a way to camouflage the real issues the committee should tackle. The issue is complicated by the clash between religious texts and modern ideas p ...

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UN Report Underlines Discrimination Against Moroccan Women

Rabat - A new report released by the United Nations shows that Moroccan women still suffer from discrimination. The United Nations’ Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published its report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Morocco. The committee stated that there is still room for improvement, particularly on issues regarding ...

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Saudi Woman Risks Jail for Filming Husband Flirting With Housemaid

Rabat - A Saudi woman could be imprisoned for up to one year for posting a film on social media showing her husband sexually abusing his housemaid in the kitchen. The case caused an outcry on social media networks after Saudi legal experts said that she may face a jail time and a stiff fine for “defamation”. The wife received support from most social media users in Saudi Arabia, and a warm applause from oth ...

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Morocco: “Progressive” Minister Comes Under Fire for Supporting Polygamy

Rabat - Employment Minister Abdeslam Seddiki is under fire for a pro-polygamy statement at the 56th session of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, held this week in Geneva. Abdeslam Seddiki who is member of the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS), made an impassioned speech defending polygamy, under the pretext that in a traditional environment, "the husband wants his wife t ...

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90-Year-Old Woman Raped in a Town Near Rabat

By Jamal Bellahsen Rabat - Last week, unidentified adolescents raped a 90-year-old woman in her cottage in a small town near Bouznika, a city near Rabat. The victim, known as Hennouna, has lived alone in her cottage for many years without anyone to help her. One of her neighbors told Moroccan 2M TV, ”We heard some people near her small home who were drinking wine, but we couldn’t identify them. We asked the ...

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Women in Leadership: The Perspective of an Emerging Leader

“The goal of leadership is to excel, reach full potential, inspire and push other people up. Do not summarize it into a pursuit of positions and titles” Rabat - On Saturday September 19th, 2015 Lamia Bazir was invited to speak at the Leadership Annual Conference organized by the Leadership Development Institute at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Her academic, social, and professional experience is a sour ...

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Six Moroccans on Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list

Rabat - Forbes Middle East selected six Moroccans in its latest ranking of the most powerful women in the Arab World. On Wednesday, Forbes Middle East unveiled its 2015 annual ranking of the Arab World’s Most Powerful Women during an exclusive gala dinner and awards ceremony in Dubai. Only 7 women from North Africa were featured on the prestigious list; six women from Morocco and one Tunisian. The first Mor ...

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Morocco Pushes New Anti-Trafficking Law

Miami - Morocco has been long known as a transit country for human trafficking but the real problem of exploitation is also experienced in the Kingdom for which the government believes a new anti-trafficking law will regulate such acts of human rights violations. According to the UN Women’s website, a seminar was conducted last May that exposed the results of a “study on the trafficking of women and childre ...

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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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