On November 27th, the Moroccan association Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (M.A.L.I.), organized a symbolic action calling for the right of women to dispose of their bodies, to fight for the respect of their sexual and reproductive rights and condemning gender-based violence and all the laws and institutions that contribute to it.
The action took place at the mall ‘Arribat Center’ in Rabat on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence. This time, M.A.L.I. was inspired by the series "The Handmaid’s Tale", adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s eponymous novel where the United States has tilted into a theocratic and patriarchal dictatorship where women are deprived of their most basic rights and reduced to their reproductive abilities.
The protagonist’s red suit has become a symbol of the fight for women’s rights. This is why Betty, co-founder of the association, walked around the mall dressed in a red djellaba and a white headdress with placards and the Arabic version of Margaret Atwood’s book. The visual and aesthetic impact of the action attracted the attention and curiosity of the clientele of the mall.
Visit M.A.L.I. Facebook profile to see more pictures of the action!
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.