On International Women’s Day, a Reflection on the Past Year in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day – observed every March 8 – is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women and the successes of the fight for gender equality while reflecting on the challenges that remain. In Morocco, the last year certainly brought some progress worth mentioning, as well as some reminders about the need for continued advancement. Most notably, the percentage of women in Parliament increased ...

Business Brief: Public-Private Partnership Launched to Promote Moroccan Business Start-ups Abroad; Initiatives Announced to Boost Construction and IT Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC February 14, 2017 Faced with an anemic growth rate in 2016 of around 1.6% due to an 8% drop in agricultural output because of drought, Morocco expands its efforts to diversity its economy and generate options for new business development that will mirror the success of the auto industry, which, for the third year in a row, leads all export sectors. In response to increased interest ...

10/19/16 Post-Weekend Roundup: The Election and Beyond – Jordana Merran

Jordana Merran October 19, 2016 A lot has happened since our last roundup: A Narrow Election Victory. On October 7, the incumbent Justice and Development Party (PJD) won 125 seats—a narrow victory over the more liberal Party of Authenticity and Modernity’s (PAM) 102 seats—in Morocco’s second legislative elections since the 2011 constitutional reform. Voter turnout held steady at 43%, just two percentage points shy of the 2011 election voter turnout, ...

Moroccans Mark International Day of the Girl in DC – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott October 11, 2016 As countries around the world mark International Day of the Girl – an annual event to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face – 21 Moroccan girls are in DC at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama, celebrating their own commitments to achieving their educational goals during a weeklong exchange program. On Saturday, a total of 44 girls and young women ...

Despite Continuing Challenges, Women Advancing in Morocco and the MENA – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC October 6, 2016 This weekend in Barcelona, the Union for the Mediterranean is hosting a conference, “Women for the Mediterranean: Driving Force for development and stability.” The Union’s website notes that “First affected by economic crisis, climate change, as well as conflicts, violence and discriminations, women are also enablers and actors for positive changes. They foster sustainable development and inclusive economic growth, they nurture education and ...
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