Fez - Statistics from 2014 have revealed that women in Morocco are the heads of 1.2 million families. Of these women, 56 percent are widows and 14 percent are divorced.
Fez – Statistics from 2014 have revealed that women in Morocco are the heads of 1.2 million families. Of these women, 56 percent are widows and 14 percent are divorced.
The statistics were announced in a seminar led by Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, Morocco’s High Commissioner for Planning (HCP). Lahlimi said that, although in France results of statistics are typically available after two years of research, the High Commission for Planning made a great effort to release the results within a year.
Lahlimi revealed that 826,000 women who were head of their families “chose” not to work, and that 301,000 “chose” to work. Of those who expressed the wish to work, 42,000 are currently unemployed. He also said that 125,000 women live alone.
The statistics also show that there is a large number of elderly people in Morocco: approximately 3.2 million, a number that is expected to increase in the coming years.
The number of people with special needs, 80 percent of whom do not work, stands at about 1.3 million.
Less than 5 percent of Moroccan homes are in slums, according to Lahlimi, and the number of houses with more than three rooms has increased, which means that Moroccans are enjoying more space.
The use of technology such as mobile phones and the Internet was also reviewed in the statistics. 95 percent of Moroccan families have at least one mobile phone, 25 percent own a computer, 20 percent have an Internet connection, and 18 percent have a means of transportation.