By Said Hanin
By Said Hanin
Tahla, Morocco – The Alternatives Forum of Morocco association organized, in collaboration with Adrar Association for Development and Environment, a regional debate in the form of organizational parallel dialogue entitled “Associative Movements in Morocco and Issues of Democracy-building.”
The event, which took place on 17 November, 2013 at Ourtou Space in Tahla, Taza province from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, came in the context of the dynamic of Rabat’s declaration of democratic NGOs.
Three speakers have participated in the debate: Abedrahim Chahid, Nadir Elmoumni, and Hayat Lahbayli.
Abedrahim Chahid, social activist and representative of Zagora’s associative network, spoke about “The dynamics of Rabat’s declaration.” Nadir Elmoumni, university professor and civil society expert, tackled the “constitutional roles of civil society.” The third speaker, Hayat Lahbayli, president of Association Mouvement Alternatives Citoyennes, focused on “Feminism amid ongoing dynamics.”
According to Mustapha Elouizi, president of the Adrar Association, the regional debate “is a contribution to strengthen the role of the Moroccan associative movement in enhancing its participation in economic, social, political and cultural life, as well as establishing the values of democracy, human rights, transparency and values of citizenship.”
The debate, witnessed the participation of various NGOs from Tahla, Taza, Garssif, Aknoul, and Oued Amlil, aimed at “enforcing the principles of participatory democracy by enhancing the mechanisms of integrating of NGOs in elaborating, carrying out, and taking stock of public policies through enforcing the constitutional provisions,” he added.
The scheduled program included a seminar entitled “Associative Movement in Morocco and Issues of Democracy-building”; and three workshops, the first one on “Mechanisms of Democracy-building,” the second on “Battle of Values” and the last one discussed “Mechanisms of Putting into Practice the constitutional principles”.