Zouhir Chbakou, Rabat- Mr. Abedelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s head of the government, pledged to increase women’s representation in the new coalition government.
In a speech on Tuesday at a seminar on women’s political participation in Rabat, he declared that his new cabinet will be announced officially on Friday before the opening of the autumn session of the Moroccan parliament, adding that the final discussions about the coalition with the national rally of independents ( RNI) have resulted in a a mutual agreement.
The head of the government and the Secretary General of the Justice and Development party (P.J.D) was accused of a misogynistic attitude towards female politicians by February 20th activists, Civil Society Associations and members of the oppositions for the lack of women representation in his previous coalition government where only one female Minister was representing half of Moroccan society.
In the same vein, Mr.Benkirane stated that his government, since its inauguration, appointed 38 women in senior positions at the state level out of 300 positions.
The PJD-led coalition government is “not against the principle of parity and equality between men and women, as a constitutional right,” he said.
According to a plan announced in July 2013 by Mrs. Basima al hakaoui, Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, there will 143 procedure to prevent various forms of discrimination against women, and to promote the principles of parity and equality advocated by the new Moroccan constitution, along with the development of legal and legislative texts to protect the legal rights of women and the prevention of violence against them.
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