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We Moroccan women: we are not impatient, we know that it will come

Podcast: The reform of the Moroccan Family Code (Mudawana) in 2004 was a watershed in the campaign for women’s rights. The change ushered in a new era in which it was possible to talk openly about such issues as violence against women. But five years on the levels of violence remains unchanged and the Women’s Action Union is now mobilising public opinion in the battle to win more protection for women. In Casablanca recently more than fifteen thousand signatures were collected in a day calling on the city council to build shelters for women and children fleeing family and domestic violence. 

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The reform of the Moroccan Family Code (Mudawana) in 2004 was a watershed in the campaign for women’s rights. The change ushered in a new era in which it was possible to talk openly about such issues as violence against women.

But five years on the levels of violence remain unchanged and the Women’s Action Union is now mobilising public opinion in the battle to win more protection for women. In Casablanca recently more than fifteen thousand signatures were collected in a day calling on the city council to build shelters for women and children fleeing family and domestic violence.

Jane Gabriel met some of the women who have fled violence and the women running the new campaign.

About the author

Jane Gabriel founded and edited the website openDemocracy 50.50 in 2007, publishing critical perspectives on social justice, gender and pluralism. The site was run as a feminist editorial collective until 2017 when Jane stepped down as editor. 50.50’s funders included Hivos, the Ford Foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Oak Foundation, The New Field Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.  Prior to joining openDemocracy, Jane produced and directed more than 30 documentaries for Channel 4 Television and the BBC international current affairs series Correspondent, winning the Royal Television Society award and the One World Media award for her work as a documentary director. In 1980’s she was a member of the UK's first all-women television production company, Broadside. In the 1970's she worked at Granada TV in the UK, and at Pacifica radio KPFA in the US. She is a qualified advocate for children in care, and a Trustee of the IF Project.


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