The practice was launched in 2009. Its aim is to provide political actors and associations from southern Morocco with the tools to promote better women representation in decision making bodies (associations and municipalities). The practice responds to the fact that the number of women' s groups is very limited; development associations at local level do not incorporate the human rights approach and the offices of these associations are constituted by men. There is also a lack of women representation in the municipalities.
Voix de femmeshas therefore undertaken the following actions: to accompany, encourage, inform and support the process of women' s participation in public life through a year of changing behaviors, attitudes and practices by an advocacy work and proximity efforts with women and men from the target regions. To achieve this goal, development associations were suggested to benefit from a series of trainings. The participation condition was to propose a woman and a man as representatives of the association. The training targeted 24 development associations and 6 women' s rights associations. They focused in particular on human rights and the Islam in order to unify the concepts and correct biases in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CEDAW.
Following the training, members of development associations have encouraged women to participate in decision-making offices. Moreover, among the 25 women beneficiaries of this practice, 24 were able to get municipalities as elected women.
This practice has been selected within the framework of the CSO WINS project "Capacity-building in the Southern Mediterranean to Open Policy Dialogue and Monitoring for Women IN Society" with the support of the European Union’s Neighborhood Civil Society Facility.
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.