In Morocco, preparations are under way for the elections that will be held in 2021. This year, all elected national, local and professional institutions will be renewed, including regional councils and several chambers. The COVID-19 will certainly have an impact on such processes. Ever since the outbreak, women (who make up half of society), have been in the front line of the fight against the pandemic and its consequences, in the medical and paramedical sectors and in various other fields, adopting important educational and social roles; their contributions have been pivotal. Their bigger exposure has also meant that they been subjected to various forms of violence and discrimination. Ten years after the change in the constitution, and despite the State’s commitment to implement human rights dictating gender equality, Morocco is far for reaching parity at institutional, political, civil, economic, social, cultural and environmental levels. Although the constitution strengthened the principle of parity through articles 19 and 164, in addition to the ratification of the law establishing a body to combat all forms of discrimination, achieving parity between women and men when it comes to accessing higher and elected positions remains a challenge.
In this context, the appointment of Ms. Habiba Lakalash as CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) can be perceived as a gesture towards achieving gender equality.
In the midst of the electoral discussions, the Ministerial Council approved, on February 11, several drafts to implement changes in the existing laws. Of outmost relevance is the demand to continue pushing for legislative reforms so that Morocco reaches gender equality at this level. To this end, a series of recommendations were issued:
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.