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 ...

Twenty Years of Morocco’s Development: 1997-2017 — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 4, 2018 Twenty years ago this month, I arrived in Morocco as the new US Ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I was able to immediately feel the warmth and character of the country, and it was the beginning of a close-up view of the changes going on in Morocco. During my first meeting with King Hassan II, shortly after my arrival, he ...

Three Moroccans on 100 Most Influential Young Africans List – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 11, 2017 The top 100 Most Influential Young Africans list was recently announced, and three outstanding individuals from Morocco made it:, former mayor of Marrakech Fatima-Zahra Mansouri,  a prominent women in business and politics;  Mustapha Mokass, who uses technology to solve social issues; and Yasmine El-Baggari, an entrepreneur connecting people globally. Initiated in 2014 by Ghanaian Prince Akpah, the awards are devoted to bringing attention ...

The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 11.13.17: Morocco’s Green March – Context and Background Maroc Talk 10.30.17: The Field of International Development in Morocco Maroc Talk 09.30.17: The Role of AMIDEAST in Morocco Maroc Talk 9.7.17: Peace Corps Morocco Maroc Talk 8.24.17: Africa is the Future Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc ...
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