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Famed Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits Moroccan Activists, As Egypt’s Fate Hangs in the Balance

Posted on 02 July 2013 by

Rabat, July 1st 2013

Dr. Nawal Saadawi had just heard the press statement in which the Egyptian army gave President Mursi a 48 hours-ultimatum to meet the demands of the people, after millions took to the streets to demand he step down.

Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits WLP partners in Morocco

Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits WLP partners in Morocco

It is thus with great enthusiasm that, a few minutes later, the octogenarian feminist — definitely young at heart and full of humor — went out to meet the audience waiting for her at the headquarters of the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights (OMDH) in Rabat.

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Happy News for Women’s Rights in Morocco: Kesbat Mehdia Women Become First-time Landowners!

Posted on 26 March 2013 by

Women of the Kesbat Mehdia Tribe in Kenitra, Morocco celebrate receiving land compensation for the first time.

Women of the Kesbat Mehdia Tribe in Kenitra, Morocco celebrate receiving land compensation for the first time.

Since 2007, Soulaliyate women have been fighting for their rights and campaigning hard against the exclusion and discrimination they face living on their tribes’ collective lands. For years, they engaged officials and supervisory authorities at the local, national, and international levels in dialogue; held interviews with national and international media; organized key protests and sit-ins; prepared slogans; and mobilized other women’s groups in a movement of collective empowerment, experience sharing, learning, and solidarity to bring about change.

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Preparing a Young Generation of Activists & Leaders

Posted on 11 July 2012 by

The Global-TOT moves to Morocco

My first visit to Morocco was back in the spring of 1995, in the midst of the frenzy of the preparations for the UN 4th Conference on Women (Beijing, September 1995).  I was to meet and connect with feminist organisations there and engage on potential actions within and beyond the framework of the 4th Conference.  That was when I first met brilliant feminists who were to become my greatest friends.  My first encounter with Rabea Naciri and Amina Lemrini was an amazing entry into the world of feminist struggle in the Maghreb countries.  Ever since then, I became intimately involved with the amazing work of the Association Democratique des Femmes du Maroc.

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Making Political Activism Go Viral in Morocco

Posted on 29 November 2011 by

I recently had the opportunity to participate in and facilitate a Regional Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Advocacy in Rabat, Morocco and was amazed with the youth’s passion and creative use of technology. This training was designed to build the capacity of ADFM to use social media and other technologies to strengthen and support their campaigns, and to incorporate using technology for political participation in their trainings at the grassroots level. The Institute focused on advocacy— and its outcomes were extraordinary! The twenty youth participants were clearly motivated to learn and use a variety of social media tools, such as blogs, to effectively make their campaigns more visible online, in order to gain support and further raise awareness. During this training there were four topics on which advocacy campaigns were created. The creativity of each campaign’s team was on display in their self-designed videos, blogs, websites, and slogans. The campaigns included Combatting Violence Against Women, Family and Children’s Rights, Women and Political Participation, and Stopping Sex Trafficking. Each group used social media to connect with other organizations and activists to share news, ideas, strategies, and to start new dialogues.

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Feminists Convene in Rabat to Strategize on Women’s Equality after the Arab Spring

Posted on 25 May 2011 by

ADFM hosts the meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat to discuss transitions in the MENA region and the prospective role of the Coalition.

The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat on May 19, 2011, in order to review these changes that have swept the region and their implication on the present and future of women’s rights. Whilst the current transitional period is bringing opportunities for change, there are nevertheless a number of concrete challenges and worrisome trends emerging, notably in relation to women’s participation in the emerging states as well as the increasing role and visibility of conservative religious groups.

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Partnership in Action: ADFM and CRTD.A Team Up for a Strategic Planning Workshop

Posted on 20 October 2010 by

WLP’s Peer to Peer initiative saw the light during the Partnership meeting in Washington DC in September 2008. The rationale was compelling. Feminist and activist organisations are engaged in actions and activities within a local and often international context that is increasingly complex, changing and, most of all, intense and constantly demanding. Taking a breather for the sole purpose of taking stock of previous and current work as well as planning is, for many of us, a luxury that we cannot afford amidst consecutive, competing and often endless deadlines and demands on our time and attention.

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Mbarka Bouaida on Women’s Rights and Role in Politics in Morocco

Posted on 18 October 2010 by

Mbarka Bouaida is a Moroccan parliamentarian and Chair of the parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Religious Affairs. She contested under the women’s quota in 2007 and became the youngest member of parliament representing the Commune of Anfa in Casablanca. Now, after being elected for a second term outside the umbrella of the women’s quota, she represents Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. WLP interviewed Ms. Bouaida after she spoke about women’s political participation in Morocco at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Springtime of Dignity Coalition for Reform of Penal Code in Morocco

Posted on 25 May 2010 by

On March 25, 2010 WLP Morocco/ADFM held a press conference announcing the launch of a new women’s rights coalition called “Springtime of Dignity,” which promotes penal code reform that protects women from discrimination and violence.

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Khmissa Awards Celebrate Soulaliyates Women

Posted on 06 November 2009 by

Amid celebrations of National Women’s Day in Morocco, the Khmissa Awards ceremony in Marrakech honored two leading Soulaliyates women. Rkia Bellot and Mennana Shiseh won the Moroccan people’s vote for Khmissa’s Award in the Social and Humanitarian Action category in 2009 on behalf of all Soulaliyates women in Morocco who joined together in advocating for their right to equality with men in compensation for collective lands.

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Middle East Women Leaders Share Stories of Activism & Accomplishments

Posted on 28 October 2009 by

This week, WLP welcomed partners from Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Nigeria to Washington, DC for a series of dialogues on women’s rights and political participation, and for the launch of the second volume in WLP’s Translation Series, Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story. We are always thrilled to speak to our partners as they continue their projects in their respective countries, but nothing quite compares to the dynamic exchanges and explosions of new energy that take place when these inspiring activists can meet face-to-face.

The week has gotten off to a busy start with two exciting opportunities for our partners to share their work during public events here in DC.

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Ambiguities in Morocco’s Lifting of CEDAW Reservations

Posted on 19 October 2009 by

Press Release from Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), Morocco on the National Day of Women

Following the royal statement issued on December 10, 2008 marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which announced the lifting of Morocco’s reservations to CEDAW, we have continued to receive congratulatory messages from individuals and national and international organizations about the new step taken by our country to emphasize its dedication to the principles of equality.

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A New Triumph for Gender Justice in Morocco

Posted on 08 October 2009 by

I am so inspired. A new triumph for gender justice.

Yesterday we heard from our partners in Morocco — ADFM — that after a three-year quest for equal land rights, women of the Soulaliyates ethnic community received favorable news from the government: that they will reform laws from 1919 to ensure women are no longer excluded from sharing, transferring, or benefitting from public lands meant for the entire community. Women will finally have equal access to benefit from 30 million acres on which they have labored for the past century, until now without full access to the fruits of their labor. See Layali’s post Signs of Hope for Women of the Collective Lands in Morocco for background information.

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