King of Morocco Moves Country Forward on Women’s Rights — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 23, 2018 This week Morocco’s parliament adopted a new law to combat violence against women, by a vote of 122 to 55.  Initially drafted in 2013, this law “criminalizes acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women,” according to Minister of Family Affairs, Women and Solidarity, Bassima Hakkaoui. While this may seem like an abrupt leap forward for women’s ...

Women’s Rights in Morocco: Slow and Steady Progress – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 21, 2018 After over a year of debate and five years since its drafting, the Moroccan Parliament finally passed a new law last week to combat violence against women. The new law – the result of much discussion between political parties and civil society – criminalizes “acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment” of women in the country and imposes tougher penalties ...

King Mohammed VI Unveils African Agenda on Migration – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 8, 2018 In a speech to the 30th African Union Summit delivered by Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani last week, King Mohammed VI unveiled the “African Agenda on Migration,” offering the latest details on a new AU vision for migration. Drawn up using an inclusive, participatory approach that included regular consultations with African Heads of State and officials, representatives of international organizations, and ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Vote Part III – It is Time for a Referendum – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 11, 2018 Yes, you read that title correctly. It is time for a Western Sahara referendum. The referendum that needs to happen now is one conducted inside the Polisario refugee camps in southern Algeria. For years the Polisario has claimed to be the sole legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people even though  the number of Sahrawis living in those camps is clearly substantially less than those ...

Business Brief: Debate Rages on Future of Education Policy in Morocco; Morocco Joins Specialized World Bank Program; and Aquaculture Promises Strong Opportunities for Business – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 10, 2018 What will the government do to improve the educational sector? This was at the center of a debate that erupted with the release of recommendations by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research late last year, which are contained in bill 17-51 submitted to Parliament. Originally intended as a strategic plan for 2015-2030, it took three years to come up with the ...
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