Fez - Prime Minister Benkirane made an impassioned plea for the importance of the work Moroccan women have done in the past in helping educate generations of Moroccans and caring for their wellbeing.
Fez – Prime Minister Benkirane made an impassioned plea for the importance of the work Moroccan women have done in the past in helping educate generations of Moroccans and caring for their wellbeing.
In a statement that did not go unnoticed, especially among women’s organizations, the head of government said, there is a “problem with the role of women in modern society.”
During the monthly hearing in the second chamber, Prime Minister Abdedilah Benkirane said,”when Morocco’s women went out for work, houses grew dark. Before that, you lived in houses equipped with chandeliers (mothers), there you felt the warmth of your mothers.” That is in contrast, he continued, to “today’s children who have to depend on themselves from an early age as their mothers are out at work.”
Benkirane also criticized those who consider women unemployed when they devote themselves to their house work and care for their children.
“Why don’t you count a woman as employed when she cares for her house and the upbringing of her children?,” he went on.
Benkirane sent a clear message to the opposition that the government should not be criticized for valuing the role of women who stay at home and look after their families. He stressed that “today many women cannot find time to get married, be a mother, or bring up children.”
“Why do we refuse to acknowledge this sacred role?” he said.
The Prime Minister’s statements followed questions raised by deputies concerning the status of Morocco’s women in relation to the government’s public policy.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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