Civil and political rights - Morocco

The road to reform: Women's political voice in Morocco

10.05.2018 / Created by (EMWF)

This report examines women’s political mobilisation in Morocco and illustrates how excluded and adversely incorporated groups can achieve greater political voice, even in the face of considerable obstacles. Morocco’s active and effective women’s movement originally attracted mostly urban-educated women but expanded during the 1990s. It broadened its appeal, drawing in both secular and Islamist women, and lobbied for equality for women and girls in access to services, employment and political voice. This has had an impact: women have acquired progressively greater presence in civil society and the formal political system, and they have become politically active in new ways. This political engagement has enabled women to fight for their rights more effectively and has led to a series of institutional, legal and policy reforms that women elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with the exception of Tunisia, have not been able to achieve. These reforms have, in turn, created further opportunities for women to exercise voice, both within formal politics and broader society.


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : Clare Castillejo & Helen Tilley
  • Publishing house : Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Publication date : 2015
  • Number of pages : 44
  • Language : English


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