Morocco

قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش في تقرير أصدرته اليوم إن فتيات صغيرات تبلغ بعضهن من العمر الثامنة، يتعرضن للأذى البدني والعمل لساعات طويلة مقابل أجور زهيدة كعاملات منازل في المغرب

الجو الذي يعيشه المغرب هذه الأيام شبيه بالجو السائد في بداية الألفية الثالثة، حينتقدم الأستاذ سعيد السعدي"بالخطة الوطنية لإدماج المرأة في التنمية"الجريئة، التي كانت ستنقل المرأة المغربية ملايين السنوات الضوئية إلى الأمام بسبب الجرأة التي امتلكها معدها في ذلك الوقت، ولكن مع وجود الفارق بين الجو السياسي السائد آنذاك واختلاف مواقع المتصارعين اليوم في جوقة السلطة.

Moroccan activists have stepped up pressure to scrap laws that allow rapists to marry their victims - after a 16-year-old girl killed herself.

Amina Filali swallowed rat poison after being severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist.

An online petition has been started - and protests are planned for Saturday against a law branded by campaigners as an "embarrassment".

The penal code allows the "kidnapper" of a minor to marry her to escape jail.

'Dishonour'

A UN body of independent experts today urged the Government of Morocco to further consolidate and advance the country’s decade-long achievements on equality and women’s human rights by establishing without delay the Authority for Parity in accordance with international standards.

Sorti en salles le 1er février, Sur la planche est un film qu’on se doit nécessairement de voir quand on est engagé dans la lutte pour les droits des femmes, pour la première raison que certains de nos combats, à côté des leurs, ressemblent à de gentilles réunions Tupperware.

Car les quatre jeunes filles qui habitent cette pellicule se débattent sans relâche, simplement pour démontrer leur droit d’exister par elles-mêmes dans un monde où les hommes dirigent tout. Dans le Tanger que filme Leïla Kilani, pour une jeune femme non mariée qui a quitté sa campagne pour travailler en ville, survivre constitue en soit une certaine audace.

Sorti en salles le 1er février, Sur la planche est un film qu’on se doit nécessairement de voir quand on est engagé dans la lutte pour les droits des femmes, pour la première raison que certains de nos combats, à côté des leurs, ressemblent à de gentilles réunions Tupperware.

Car les quatre jeunes filles qui habitent cette pellicule se débattent sans relâche, simplement pour démontrer leur droit d’exister par elles-mêmes dans un monde où les hommes dirigent tout. Dans le Tanger que filme Leïla Kilani, pour une jeune femme non mariée qui a quitté sa campagne pour travailler en ville, survivre constitue en soit une certaine audace.

The recent parliamentary elections in Morocco have led to the creation of the first ever elected Islamist government in Morocco’s history. After winning more than forty percent of the votes in the November 25th elections, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) led by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane formed a coalition government with the socialist Parti du Progrès et du Socialisme (PPS), the nationalist Istiqlal party and the royalist Mouvement Populaire (MP). Benkirane’s first task as Prime Minister was to form the government by appointing ministers. After much speculation and many rumors in the press and social media, Benkirane finally introduced his cabinet on January 3, 2012 at the royal palace in Rabat where he was summoned by King Mohammed VI. The newly formed government is surprising in some respects but predictable in others. It includes controversial PJD members like Mustapha Ramid, an outspoken activist and critic who was appointed Minister of Justice despite rumors in the press that he was blacklisted by the palace. A polygamous man and the father of six children, Ramid has spoken out against limitations on freedom of the press and has argued in favor of limiting the powers of the king. A lawyer by training, he has expressed his support for the February 20th youth movement, has represented Salafi political prisoners as well as journalists like Rachid Nini, the editor of Almassae newspaper who was sentenced to one year in jail for criticizing the unfair trials of Islamists. However, the government of Benkirane, which had to be approved by the king, also includes the usual technocrats and palace loyalists who will ensure that the new government does not deviate much from the palace line or challenge the interests of the country’s elites.

Fez, Morocco - The new reforms outlined in the June 2011 Moroccan constitution can be grouped in three major categories: separation of powers, independence of justice, and good governance. However there are other key reforms that have gotten less attention but will have a major impact on Moroccan society, including a recognition of Morocco’s multicultural roots, a greater recognition of gender equality and more freedom of speech.

Cette semaine, Marianne laisse carte blanche à Fatma Bouvet de la Maisonneuve*, médecin psychiatre franco-tunisienne. Pour elle, il n'est pas question de revenir sur l’égalité de tous les citoyens. Et, avec la révolution tunisienne, il est temps de réclamer une séparation constitutionnelle de la religion et de l’Etat. 

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