Posted by: alcrabat | 20 February 2013

Female Empowerment in Morocco

By Manal Zehri

Behind every successful man stands a woman!

This famous quote is true in all countries, including Morocco. Indeed, after many struggles, this country is undergoing considerable development thanks to the involvement and contribution of women.

For many centuries, Moroccan women were marginalized. That is to say, they couldn’t be educated and weren’t allowed to express their political points of view. Besides, they were under the responsibility of their husbands, even at home, where they were spending most of their time cooking, looking after the children and doing housework. If only men had been aware and conscious of the important role they played! At least, we wish they could have been grateful to their wives by respecting them and not mistreating them.

Today, luckily, things are changing day by day. First, the status of women has noticeably changed thanks to the family code of 2004 which limited polygamy, forbade repudiation and gave more rights to women in the family life. Then, many human rights organizations calling for more equality between men and women in the public and political life and combating violence against women were born in the last decades such as the “AMDH” (Moroccan Association for Human Rights) and the “OMDH” (Moroccan Organization for Human Rights). Furthermore, quotas are fixed in some political functions so that the participation of women in politics is guaranteed. For instance, there are laws in Morocco which make the participation of women in political parties or in the parliament compulsory. Moreover, the government is championing policies that encourage girls’ education especially in the rural areas where they often work as maids. Also, every year in Morocco, there’s a celebration called “KHMISSA” which honors some of the Moroccan women who are marked out, each in her field, for their creativity, abnegation and achievements.

However, much remains to be done in order to improve the emancipation of women in Morocco as a developing country. Indeed, almost half of the Moroccan population is illiterate and women are the most affected by this phenomenon of illiteracy. And as we know, education is the key to success and development. If women are not educated, then they cannot properly enjoy their social and political rights and won’t be able to cary out their duties towards society. That’s why each citizen must contribute in a way to raise people’s awareness about the importance of women’s education as a requirement of development and guarantee of many other rights. So, as “Gandhi” said, let’s be the change we wish to see in the world and let’s make more efforts so as to give women more power!

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Responses

  1. Great article, Manal. It’s well structured and you present strong arguments to support your point of view. Way to go! Your teacher, Mounia.

  2. It was great; your article is so interesting.Keep going!

  3. Thank you both!! I am really happy that you liked this modest article!!

  4. I agree that poverty, illeteracy and ignorance are the major barriers in front of Moroccan women’s path to emancipation,

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