Morocco’s Dilemma: Rights and Reform or Closure and Conservatism? (March 2015)

Morocco embodies numerous contradictions and challenges for the national and international human rights community. Since the Moroccan Spring in 2011, women’s rights and civil society activists have been key indicators of the well-being of the State and of society.

This brief outlines the current political tensions in Morocco and priority issues among women in civil society. It offers a brief overview of progress on Moroccan women’s rights and points to promising new initiatives by civil society to sustain progress towards greater equality and reform.

 “We don’t have a choice about what we’re doing; it’s not a luxury.”
– Young Moroccan commenting on human rights activism, 2014

What The Women Say

“ We are not a project. It is a matter of life for millions of people.”

— Woman peacebuilder

 

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What The Women Say

 

“ Help us talk, don't just arm us to kill.”

— Syrian woman activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“Do not tell us that it’s not time to fight for our rights. There’s no convenient time; we have to always be fighting.”

— Pakistani women’s rights activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“State prisons are feeding the pool of foreign fighters… many are radicalized during incarceration.”

— Tajik woman lawyer

 

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What The Women Say

 

“I say Jihad is not spilling or wasting blood in the streets, it is giving blood in hospitals to people who need it.”

— Iraqi woman peacebuilder

 

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