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Ivanka Trump Praises Moroccan Efforts in Ensuring Equality in Inheritance

Equality of inheritance has been an issue of hot debate in several Muslim countries, including Morocco.

Rabat – Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor  to US President Donald Trump, has praised Morocco’s efforts to ensure equality between Moroccan women and men in terms of inheritance.

Trump’s daughter took to her Facebook to send a special thanks to the Moroccan government and to the Moroccan ambassador to the US, princess Lalla Joumala.

On Monday, August 19, Ivanka wrote that the US applauds the “Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation.”

She also expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the Moroccan ambassador to the US princess Lalla Joumala, and the work of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

“ W-GDP [Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative] will continue to support women’s land rights and I appreciate the strong leadership of HH Princess Lalla Joumala,”  she posted.

W-GDP aims to reach “50 million women in the developing world by 2025 throgh US government activities, private-public partnerships, and a new, innovative fund,” according to the White House.

The message comes a few weeks after the House of Representatives unanimously adopted  three bills related to communal agricultural land (sulaliyat). 

The three bills have been described as a “long awaited reform” by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior, Noureddine Boutayeb. The official said in July that the adoption of the draft texts is the result of “several achievements and developments during the last years.”

A long awaited reform

The three bills have been described as a “long awaited reform” by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior, Noureddine Boutayeb. The official said in July that the adoption of the draft texts is the result of “several achievements and developments during the last years.”

The draft laws took into account the aspirations of rights holders, including women also known as sulaliayt.

The women have been struggling for more than 10 years for equal rights of ownership.

The bills are also in accordance with royal instructions. In October 2018, King Mohammed VI  said that it is “necessary to find appropriate legal and administrative mechanisms to facilitate rights holders’ ownership of some of the fallow land.”

The monarch added that “this must be done according to specific conditions that take into account the actual implementation of projects, the need to curb the excessive fragmentation of agricultural land and the provision of the technical and financial support needed.”

Since King Mohammed VI ascended to the throne in 1999, the promotion of women’s rights has been on his agenda. Morocco introduced  a new family code to grant more rights to women in both marriage and divorce.

Morocco also introduced the 2011 Constitution, which made gender equality one of its priorities.

Article 6 of the constitution stipulates that the“public powers work for the creation of the conditions permitting the effectiveness of liberty and of the equality of citizens [feminine] and citizens [masculine] to be made general [generaliser], as well as their participation in political, economic, cultural and social life.”

Article 19 also emphasized the need of equality between both men and women.

“The man and the woman enjoy, in equality, the rights and freedoms of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental character.”