Participants of Rabat Forum which ended today adopted the UNFPA regional strategy on prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Arab states region for 2014-2017. They also recommended the strategy to serve as a roadmap for the fight against all forms of GBV and to be efficiently implemented across the region.
Moroccan lawmakers have drafted a bill threatening jail terms for sexual harassment that will soon be submitted to parliament.The proposed law would affect the author of "any unwelcome act against a third party in public spaces, whether an act, remark or gesture of a sexual nature, or intended to obtain a sexual act," said Arabic-language daily Al-Massae yesterday.
On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code, KVINFO, the Danish Center for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, is pleased to invite you to the conference "Family Code + 10: Experiences and Ways Forward."
If the case on parental custody after divorce has ended up in a deadlock, or if the case about marital violence is not solved ideally with a court settlement, then mediation by a judge may be the way to go. In a short while Moroccan judges and other professionals working in the field will have a new tool for conflict resolution via mediation. The Moroccan Higher Institute of Judicial Authorities and KVINFO in partnership are about to launch a pedagogical and easy to use guide to mediation. The guide will be free of charge and immediately accessible online. It is one of the elements in a project that supports the practical use of the reformed Moroccan family code of 2004. The guide will be launched at a conference at the occasion of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the family code.
KVINFO and our Moroccan partner organisations present some of the joint projects and programmes to the Danish Crown Princess Mary who is visiting Morocco these days. Focus for the visit is on stopping and preventing gender based violence.
At age 32, Moroccan journalist Fedwa Misk is the founder and editor in chief of the women’s webzine “Quandisha”. On her website, she lets Moroccan women speak freely about subjects that really matter to them. Misk made enemies since the launch of “Quandisha”, but to her, it is a small price to pay for women’s equality in Morocco.
Read the interview with Misk at World Policy. Article in Danish about Misk and Quandisha at Global Voices.
Countless Moroccan women continue to face abuse and sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. About 6 million women in Morocco are victims of violence, or around one in three.
Morocco’s Social Development Minister Bassima Hakkaoui, the only female minister in the country, says she would try to push forward a law protecting women that has been stuck in Parliament for eight years.
Read more at Bikya.
Arabic version by the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws here.
In Morocco, women have achieved impressive gains over the past decades, both legally and economically, and the human development index shows clear improvements in a wide range of areas, namely girl’s access to schooling or a decline in maternal mortality.
But why do women in Morocco play such a small part in the political, economic and social arenas?
Read more at Global Arab Network.