Moroccan videographer Aya Moudden shared a short video on November 15 denouncing the injustice that Moroccan women face.
Rabat – In an 80-second video called “Mra Hachak,” the 27-year-old Rabati woman condemned the practices she has seen and experienced in Morocco.
The video denounces social hypocrisy, gender inequality, the importance laid on female virginity, unequal inheritance, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
“It’s an outcry regarding what we endure and see as Moroccan women. I talked to some men about our experiences and they were shocked as they haven’t lived what we live,” Aya told women’s magazine Plurielle.
After she obtained her baccalaureate, Aya Moudden travelled to England to get a bachelor’s degree in media, communication, and sociology. She then earned a master’s degree in movie-making from the US.
The Darija (Moroccan Arabic) phrase “mra hachak” is an insult referring to a woman as impure, dishonoring, and a source of disgrace. The quick video Aya made has already received 40,000 views.
In September, following the widely-publicized case of Khadija—a Moroccan teenager who said she was kidnapped, held, and gang-raped for two months—and Moroccan pop-singer Saad Lamjarred’s second arrest on charges of rape in France, activists launched the “Masaktach” (Don’t silence me) campaign.
The social media movement condemned the abuse of women and called for a boycott of Saad Lamjarred’s songs on radio stations.
“Masaktach” has been compared to the global “Me Too” movement that spread virally as a hashtag on social media to denounce cases of sexual harassment and assault.