Reaping the Results of Three Decades of Feminist Activism: Constitutional Reforms in Morocco Set Precedent of Institutionalizing Gender Equality
By Lina Abou-Habib
Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A
Amidst revolts, uncertain futures, the dismantling of theocratic regimes, the emergence of conservative forces and serious threats facing women in the MENA region, the recent changes in Morocco not only herald a positive transformatory process but also highlight the consistency and strength of the independent feminist movement in that country.
In response to demonstrations and protests taking place in Jordan beginning in January 2011, King Abdullah initiated a reform process this past spring focused on political and economic reform. As part of this process the King established a Royal Commission to review the Constitution and make recommendations for amendments.
WLP MOROCCO/ADFM PRESS RELEASE:
The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), as an autonomous feminist association, having considered the various provisions of the draft constitution for fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly those relating to women's human rights, considers that:
• This project comes at a time of accelerated change in the countries of the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and reflects the current state of our society and its political and social actors. It broadly reflects the aspirations of Moroccans to a more dignified life;