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Violence Against Women: The Stark Reality between Morocco's Human Rights Progress

17.08.2017 / Created by SG


While the dominant narrative suggests that Morocco is a champion of stability and moderation in the ‘Arab world,’ this article challenges that discourse and argues that the state’s hagiographic narrative on women’s rights and gender equality is problematic. This article also draws attention to the discontinuity between the legal focus on violence against women (VAW) by women’s rights groups on one hand and the views and needs of non-elite Moroccan women on the other. This focus on reforms in the legal space has, concomitantly, left the existing power structures, which lay at the heart of inequality in Morocco, unchallenged. By illustrating these two arguments, the article also highlights a mutually fashioning, albeit asymmetrical, relationship between the government and women’s rights groups, which perpetuates inadequacies in both of their approaches.

KEYWORDS: Violence against women, women’s rights, minorities’ and indigenous peoples’ rights, gender, Morocco, Arab spring

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Zhour Bouzidi
Association Voix de Femmes Marocaines
Strane Straniere
Women Media and Development (TAM)
Aix Marseille Université
Equity, Parity and Gender Mainstreaming Commission of Guelmim
Association Karama of Arab Family (AKFA)
Inclusión, Ciudadanía, Diversidad y Educación
Al Marsa for culture and creativity
Women's aspirations Association
Saba Hamlet for Gender Equality
Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO)
Femme Action - Woman Action (A.F.A - A.W.A)
SEMNID Association for Social Development
Women Empowerment Unit in Jerash Municipality
Fédération de la Ligue Démocratique des Droits des Femmes (FLDDF) de Ouarzazate
The Moroccan Human Rights Forum
Almidan Association for Development and Human Rights
AWARE Services & Consulting
Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)
Assiwar- the Feminist Arab Movement
Women Programs Centre - Rafah
Wojoud for Empowering Civil Society
Hassène Kassar
Research Team on Gender
Ntic et Citoyennete - Maurifemme
March Lebanon Association
European Observatory on Femicide
Thenextwomen tunisie
Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines (Jossour FFM)
Cairo Center for Development (CCD)
Cyprus University
Future Foundation for Media and Culture

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