Zakia Salime

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Zakia Salime is founder of Women's Space, a non-governmental organization in Morocco that works to improve women's skills in microcredit and their access to market funds. She is also President of Espace Point de Depart (ESPOD) Association for Promoting Women’s Micro-Enterprises. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 she received a Goodwin Fellowship for her work in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Relations and International Development. Fellowship recipients are chosen based on their work’s potential for making a significant practical contribution to the improvement of women's lives and gender equity in the developing world. Currently, her research focuses on political participation and discourse of women’s groups in Morocco and their influence on implementing national women’s rights policies. She has published articles on her research in Moroccan journals and has chapters forthcoming in books to be published by Routledge and Indiana University Press.

Ms. Salime has a Masters degree in Sociology (1985) from the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, France and a Bachelor degree in Sociology (1981) from the University Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes, Morocco. From 1985-1999, she held a teaching position at the Training Institute for Teachers in Morocco and has also served on a variety of policy committees for the Moroccan government. She is a member of the African Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and a member of Mediterranean Women's Creativity.

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