Rabat - Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Moroccan judges routinely allow underage girls to marry although the Family Code has improved women's rights and raised the age of marriage from 15 to 18.
Rabat – Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Moroccan judges routinely allow underage girls to marry although the Family Code has improved women’s rights and raised the age of marriage from 15 to 18.
In its annual review of global human rights released Thursday, the group said that “the Moroccan Family Code discriminates against women with regard to inheritance and the right of husbands to unilaterally divorce their wives.”
HRW added that “the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concern that Morocco had not adopted a legislation criminalizing all forms of domestic violence, including marital rape, although violence against women and girls in the home is reported to be pervasive”.
The report also said that despite laws prohibiting the employment of children under the age of 15, thousands of children under that age, predominantly girls, are believed to work as domestic workers.
“According to the UN, nongovernmental organizations, and government sources, the number of child domestic workers has declined in recent years, but girls as young as 8 years old continue to work in private homes for up to 12 hours a day for as little as US$11 per month,” said HRW.