On the International Women’s Day, 8 of March 2019, the Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (M.A.L.I.) has symbolically changed the names of some of the streets of Rabat and gave them names of eminent Moroccan female figures, as to re-appropriate the public space and denounce male domination.
By feminizing the names of key streets and squares in the Moroccan capital, M.A.L.I intends to highlight the systematic exclusion of women from the public space and the negation of their agency and achievements. The movement also wanted to recognize and honour leading women such as Saida Al-Mabahi, Dihya El kahina, Fatima Mernissi, Tin Hinan, Shamsi Az-ziwayya, Al Sayyida Al Hurra, Touria Chaoui and Hada El Ghiatia Kharboucha.
Few months ago M.A.L.I had launched another online campaign to fight patriarchy and male dominance but that time, the campaign entitled ‘’My Vulva Is Mine” intended to fight against the ‘’virginity test’’ which the World Health Organization (WHO) considers as unnecessary, humiliating, painful and traumatic practice that must be banned.
This test is based on inspecting the hymen to see if it is torn prior to marriage, and is common in many countries.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.