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.

Launch of Translation Series: New Advocacy Tool for the Reform of Family Law in Muslim-Majority Societies

March 2, 2006

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Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman’s life – from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence. The reform of family law is therefore crucial to women’s ability to participate on equal terms in both family life and public life. In each thematic module, the Guide presents the current state of the law, then proposes religious, human rights, sociological, and domestic legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.

Violence Against Women: A Human Security Perspective

November 21, 2005

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This special session at the Middle East Studies Association 2005 Annual Meeting, provided a forum for scholar/activists from Muslim-majority societies to address major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls from a human security perspective and to discuss grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for ongoing efforts to prevent violence and to promote human rights of women.

WLP and CRTD-A Convene Middle East-Gulf Regional Learning Institute for Women’s Leadership

November 21, 2005

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WLP convened the Institute to create an opportunity for women activists in the region to develop skills in participatory leadership, facilitation, communications, and advocacy, building their capacity as leaders. In a role play on communicating with the media, participants took on the role of guests in a TV talk show, defending contrasting points of view. "One should not treat interacting with the media as an exam, but simply as a means of getting across a message and building public support for your goals," said Moroccan partner Amina Lemrini.

Maghreb Regional Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers

December 14, 2004

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 It has taken my generation 20 years to learn how to speak to the media in convincing ways and I want this new generation to learn these skills more quickly. 
— Institute Participant

Twenty-six women’s rights activists and leaders of women’s groups from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia participated in the Institute, one of the first training and networking forums that brought together women activists from across the region. In the Maghreb context, leadership ability is often linked with privileged positions granted through family or tribal ties, money, and education. However, Institute participants identified a number of “ordinary” women as leaders because of their courage and the risks they took in raising their voices against certain taboo issues and unjust practices.

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