Citizenship Debates and Beyond in Morocco

February 9, 2007

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As part of Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc’s advocacy initiative, debates were held in Morocco on Wednesday January 31st over the much anticipated reformed Nationality Code which was passed by the Government Council two weeks ago.

What Next for the Moroccan Campaign?: Interview with Rabéa Naciri, President of ADFM

February 2, 2007

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"The revision of Article 6 comes to supplement the Moudawana. It has a great range insofar as this article puts the father and the mother on equal footing. The identity of the child can be defined by his mother or father. In this sense, it is a significant blow related to the patriarchal status and to the 'primacy' of men to women," says Rabea Naciri.

After Struggle, New Equality for Moroccan Women

January 31, 2007

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The Moudawana, the Personal Status Law established a year after Morocco's independence in 1957, declared that women were legally inferior to men. The new legislation, which is based on a reinterpretation of Islamic law, greatly restricts polygamy, gives women equal status with men, the right to initiate divorce, and shared family rights. Moreover, women no longer need a "tutor" -- generally their father or brother -- in order to get married.

We've Won A Battle But Not The War

January 26, 2007

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On January 18, the Moroccan government adopted a draft bill granting Moroccan women the right to pass on their nationality to their children. This achievement is the outcome of years of shared struggle and lobbying carried out by Association Democratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) and a great number of women’s rights and human rights organizations.

Morocco Amends Nationality Code

January 25, 2007

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On January 18, 2007, the Moroccan Government passed a bill to reform the country's nationality code which will enable women the right to pass on their nationality to their children. The law was amended in line with the country's family code, the Moudawana, meaning that only Moroccan women who have married Muslim men in accordance with the Moudawana would benefit.

Moroccan Women Demand Government Fulfill Promises

December 19, 2006

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In July of 2005, the Royal Court of Morocco delivered a speech promising that the Moroccan Nationality Code would be amended in order for women to pass on their nationality to their children. A year and a half later not enough progress has been made on the new legislation, frustrating many women’s rights groups in the country.

Campaign Launch Podcast #3 of 6: Amina Lemrini, Executive Committee Member of ADFM

November 9, 2006

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Nationality Campaign activists in Morocco pursued two approaches in order to affect legislative change: (1) They lobbied policy makers, government, and parliamentarians, (2) They conducted a public awareness campaign using the testimonies of victims. Listen to the podcast to hear about the resulting successes of Moroccan women activists.

My Daughter Needs a Residence Permit

September 2, 2006

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I was recently told that my daughter who will turn 15 must obtain a residence permit and that I should prove, being her mother, that she is my dependent, can you imagine that? My daughter who has only been in Morocco, who was born here and who lives here, needs a residence permit! My children struggle daily against psychological problems because their country does not recognize them. The denial of the Moroccan nationality affects them seriously.

Morocco Adopts Landmark Family Law Supporting Women’s Equality

June 19, 2006

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On January 25, 2004, the government of Morocco adopted a new landmark Family Law supporting women’s equality and granting them new rights in marriage and divorce, among others.

Women in Morocco Work Together Against Violence

June 15, 2006

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WLP partner Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) coordinates a much-needed national network of violence against women centers in Morocco called ANARUZ. The centers provide legal services to women victims of violence, gather data about the problem of violence against women in Morocco, raise awareness of gender-based violence, and advocate for policy and legal reforms to protect women and reduce violence.

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