WLP Morocco/ADFM Women's Day Statement: Taking stock of Morocco’s achievements for real equality


As of March 8, 2013, Morocco did not achieve the expected accomplishments mandated in the 2011 Constitution. It did not display progress regarding the directed preparation of organic laws, nor the establishment of new mechanisms required by the Constitution. This situation is especially frustrating for the women's movement, which helped to pave the way for the constitutional reforms. These reforms – including laws, measures, and programs for the advancement of women's rights and for the advancement of a contemporary Morocco – are being delayed and obstructed by the current government.


Considering the outcomes of over a year of this government’s tenure, today the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc considers that the government’s present orientations do not rise to the challenge, nor to this moment – a moment that arose from the accumulation of authentic efforts for democracy, which resulted in the constitutionalization of the founding concepts of Human Rights and equality. To this point, ADFM recorded various indicators, including:


1.      Abandonment of the momentum that led to recent progress and achievements, resulting in a lack of progress of previous programs;


2.      The “reconsideration" of previous governments’ strategies, and “a return to square one,” instead of furthering the achieved developments; and an aspiration of the government in general, and the Women’s Ministry in particular, to instill a conservative perspective regarding the issue of equality, while rejecting  the sovereignty of universal standards as required in the 2011 Constitution,


3.      The marginalization and exclusion of civil society, including the women's movement, and the limitation of its role in assisting and locally supporting reforms – a situation which is incompatible with Morocco’s objectives for sustainable development involving participatory approaches, and irreconcilable with a Constitution, which strongly recognizes civil society, and its roles in participating in the preparation, activation, implementation and evaluation of the public policies;


4.      Imbalances recorded in the activation of some constitutional requirements, such as those relating to achieving parity and fighting all forms of discrimination. This was clearly reflected by the ministry in charge of social affairs, which is unilaterally forming a special committee to prepare regulatory laws, which exceeds its mission and is inconsistent with international standards in the establishment of national bodies , especially those related to governance;


5.      Cessation of the process of ratification of the CEDAW Optional Protocol by the parliament, reflecting the weakness of political will in the promotion of the fundamental rights of women;


6.     Neglect of the principle of equality regarding the law pertaining to nominations for senior positions at the state level, demonstrated by the stringent criteria set for female candidates for senior positions;


Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc,aspiring for these obstacles to be overcome,calls for:

-          The establishment of the Authority in charge of combating all forms of discrimination in accordance with the Paris Principles;

-          The acceleration of legislative actionand the adoption of regulatory laws, whichinclude a gendered approach;

-          Further development on the harmonizationof national legislation with international conventions

-          The development ofpublic policies that uphold to the human rights of women and their accessto basic services;

-          The development of a policy protecting women, within the general penal legislation, that is consistent with the Constitution and Morocco’s international obligations to ensure women’s right to penal justice.


Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc

March 8, 2013

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