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Morocco Week in Review 
February 10, 2018

In Vermont, a Champion for Human Rights Emerges

The efforts of Justin Bibee ’12 influenced town leaders in Brattleboro, Vermont, to declare Dec. 10, 2017, as Human Rights Day. The day marks the anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10,1948. Each year, the town will set aside this day to advocate for and provide activities and training on human rights.
Bibee was a member of the Peace Corps in Morocco from 2014 to 2016 and an intern for the United Nations in Tanzania in 2017. He is the founder of the United Nations Association of Vermont, which he created to focus on human rights education.

Finemchi: A New App To Help Solve Sexual Harassment in Morocco

By Tamba François Koundouno February 6, 2018 Rabat

A Franco-Moroccan woman has designed and put in function a new application to solve the pervasive problem of sexual harassment in Morocco. Finemchi (“Where am I going?”) hopes to help solve the country’s sexual harassment issue by proposing to its users public spaces and spheres that are safe and women-friendly. Safâa El Jazouli, an entrepreneur and founder of the Finemchi Project, talked to Morocco World News today about the growing concern of female insecurity and sexual harassment in Morocco, particularly stressing the social roles that women are expected to conform to, and the limits that Moroccan society puts on them. Women, according to El Jazouli, are looked down upon, expected to blend into the societal stereotypes, objectified, and pass unnoticed. “They do not get to be expressive and free in their lifestyles and choices”, she adds, with the excited and yet controlled voice of a person sharing her deepest convictions………………….

70% of Moroccans with Disabilities Are Illiterate, 94% Economically Inactive

By  Morocco World News   December 4, 2017 Rabat

Morocco counts 1.7 million citizens with disabilities, about 5.1 percent of the total population. Seventy percent are illiterate, and 94.7 percent are economically inactive, revealed a study run by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) back in 2014. Social disparities are still alive and thriving in the kingdom, and disabled Moroccans are the main social class to take the heat. Nearly two-thirds (71.5 percent) of people with total disabilities have no education, reports the HCP on the sidelines of the International Day of Disabled Persons. …….

Report Shows Moroccan Printed Publications on the Rise

By  Morocco World News  February 10, 2018 Rabat

The number of printed books in Morocco during 2016-2017 increased by 16 percent compared to 2015-2016. Established in 1985, in Casablanca by the late King Abdullah Al Saoud of Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Al-Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences plays a key role in terms of research and documentation in Morocco. On February 7, the foundation displayed a report on books published between 2016 and 2017, revealing 3390 publications as a total which amounts to 16 percent, including novels, study books, religious books and printed articles written in various languages……………

Morocco, kingdom full of diverse culture

by Anne Tolley February 11, 2018
Morocco! The very name can conjure up the smell of spices, or the sights of carpets, leather, bright ceramics, or blue-tinged houses crowding hillsides above sandy, stony valleys.
And most of that is true.
Spices are certainly a major part of Moroccan life. The spice shops with their colourful baskets of cardamom, turmeric, cumin, marjoram, paprika (spicy and sweet), star anise and many, many more, plus chunks of cinnamon bark, baskets of tea flavours from traditional mint to what looked more like pot pourri than a tisane, dominate the souks…………

UNICEF: Children Prone to Grave Risks Online

ByMorocco World News February 9, 2018 By Hajar El Khaldi Rabat

Eighty-eight percent of Moroccan children use the internet daily. Worldwide, a new child joins the internet every half a second, and a total of 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). ………..

Morocco creates 86,000 jobs in 2017

February 9, 2018
Morocco’s economy has generated 86,000 jobs in 2017, of which 32,000 jobs in urban areas and 54,000 in rural areas, figures released by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) showed.
According to Morocco’s statistics office, the distribution of this volume of employments showed that 55,000 jobs benefitted men and 31,000 jobs women……….

6 Moroccan Cities Where Jewish Culture Flourishes

Laura Stampler February 6, 2018 Getty Images
ou catch the traces of Morocco’s once-vibrant Jewish life in glimpses. The stray Stars of David etched above doorways in the coastal city of Essaouira. A gilded Seder plate peeking through an antique shop’s window in Fez’s mazelike medina. Steps away from the sensory overload of snake charmers, fragrant spices and heckling salesmen in Marrakech’s souk lies the entrance to the Jewish quarter, or mellah. And although the city’s estimated 250 Jews (most of whom are older than 60) no longer inhabit what’s left of the neighborhood, a local Muslim child with an outstretched hand will wish you “Shabbat shalom” and lead you to the quarter’s centuries-old synagogue.
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Singing a Song of Slavery in Morocco

By Alice Morrison • FEB 06 2018

Why you should care

Stormy beginnings don’t always presage stormy endings. this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: “How was your day?

Hafida Hdoubane Morocco
I am Hafida Hdoubane, the daughter of a slave. My father was born into slavery and his father before him, but I am not ashamed. I am proud of who I am. I am proud of what I am. We don’t really speak about slaves in Morocco. It is taboo because it’s a history of suffering. But it happened; it existed even before the English people took slaves to America. But now, I’m not thinking about this history as taboo or suffering — I’m thinking that my history gave me a lot of power.

My family were nomads from the south of Morocco from a little tribe south of Agadir on the Atlantic. My great-grandfather was a chief of his tribe and a warrior. He was a fierce and clever fighter and won a lot of battles and became a great man. My great-grandmother was originally from Ethiopia and was captured there. She was given as a gift of thanks to my great-grandfather because he had won the war……….

Safety and Security in Morocco Better than US, Education Worse than Tanzania: Legatum Institute

12/4/2017 MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat –

Tailing the British , Morocco has scored the 11th in the MENA region and 97th out of 149 countries. The index measured each country on the basis of economic quality, business environment, effective governance and democracy, personal freedom, social capital, safety and security, education, health, and natural environment. Morocco's strongest asset is "safety and security," which positioned the country in the 35th position, ahead of Czech Republic and the United States. "The majority of MENA's falling prosperity in 2017 was in Safety and Security, with , Turkey and Libya the worst performers. Within MENA, only Morocco, Oman and Qatar have seen their Safety and Security scores rise in the last five years," said the survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.

Empowering women improves communities, ensures success for generations

Morocco’s Country Programme Manager, Naoufel Telahigue, summed up the greatest overall effect best: “Rural women have become a symbol of will.”
With empowerment comes greater individual and collective confidence, influence and overall happiness, which contributes to the vitality of households and communities. There is still much to be achieved, however, these projects have yielded numerous positive results worthy of the utmost praise

Morocco students raise awareness on female hygiene

December 12, 2017

73% of Women in Morocco Face Harassment in Public Spaces.

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat

Despite the existence of multiple anti-harassment and organizations, gender-based violence remains a challenging issue in Morocco. A study by the National Observatory on Against Women has revealed alarming findings on this issue. The Moroccan daily Al Akhbar reports that campaigns of awareness led by various organizations and the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development have still not reached an effective solution to eliminate or reduce gender-based violence. According to a report issued in 2016 by the National Observatory, violence in public spaces represents 73 percent of all sort of struggles faced by women. This number represent an increase of 6.1 percent compared to a year earlier. The report was presented during the 15th national campaign against violence, under the theme of "violence against women in public spaces."

Violence against Women: 16 Reasons to Amend Morocco’s 103-13 Bill

By Morocco World News December 19, 2017 By Stephanie Willman Bordat and Saida Kouzzi Rabat

Although the Moroccan Government Council approved an initial version of Draft Law 103-13 on violence against women in March 2016, the House of Representatives made some 28 amendments before voting on it that July.  This was due in large part to advocacy and lobbying efforts by diverse NGOs across the country.

Poverty Still a Major Cause for Concern in Morocco

By  Moha Ennaji   December 19, 2017 Rabat

The tragedy of Essaouira on 19 November left at least 15 women dead and five injured, in a food aid stampede in the weekly market of Sidi Boulaalam, south of Morocco. Moroccan human rights activists and analysts unanimously think that Morocco needs a new development approach. This disaster highlights the suffering of people from the current drought in Morocco and from the rise in the prices of basic foodstuffs, at a time of skyrocketing unemployment, and of an unprecedented stagnation of wages and incomes.===============================================

Foreign Spouses of Moroccan Women Can Soon Obtain Moroccan Citizenship

By  Amira El Masaiti  December 19, 2017 Rabat

Foreigners married to Moroccan women and living in the kingdom will soon be allowed to obtain Moroccan citizenship, after the government discussed the possibility of amending Article 10 of the Moroccan nationality code, which only allows spouses of Moroccan men to obtain citizenship. To date, Moroccan citizenship law only allows foreign women married to a Moroccan citizen, with regular and continuous residence in Morocco for at least 5 years, to obtain citizenship. However, a bill presented to the parliament on November 17, wants to amend the article to extend citizenship acquirement to foreign men as well.

More than 84,000 foreigners live currently in Morocco according to the High Commission of Plan

The number of foreigners residing in Morocco reached in 2014 a total of 84,001 inhabitants, that is a proportion of 0.25% of the total Moroccan population, said the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in a note. ...More :

The Hirak: A Moroccan People’s Movement Demands Change From the Streets.

December 20, 2017 Ilhem Rachidi Africa Rabat, MOROCCO

On October 28, 2016, Mohsine Fikri, a 31-year-old fish seller, was crushed in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve the merchandise that had been confiscated from him by authorities. The tragedy took place in the city of El Hoceima, in the Rif region in northern Morocco. Fikri’s horrendous death shocked the Moroccan public and prompted protests in more than twenty cities, raising fears among political leaders of a reawakening of the pro-democracy protest movement which shook the country in 2011, in the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptians revolutions.

50% of Pregnant Women in Rural Areas Risk Dying during Pregnancy

(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat

At a chilling rate, 50 percent of women living in risk dying because of the lack of medical supervision, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a recent report. Further to these alarming figures, the report said that in 2017, Morocco still can not eliminate pregnancy-related deaths 'due to complications associated with and childbirth, especially in rural area,' calling on the government to attend to this fragile population. In 2016, the rate of pregnant women' deaths in villages was twice as high than that in urban area, with 111 deaths out of 100 thousand births compared to 44.6 deaths out of 100 thousand births in .

A pilgrimage to Morocco’s (mostly) Jewish past

A graveside shrine in Fez to Solica Hatchouel, a Jewish girl murdered in the 18th century for refusing to convert to Islam. Photos by Lori Silberman Brauner Lori Silberman Brauner  NJJN Staff Writer December 27, 2017

One does not have to look far and wide to find a rich Jewish legacy in Morocco. From Casablanca and Essaouira on the Atlantic coastline to inland Fez and Marrakesh, surrounded by mountains, the Jewish presence in the mostly Muslim country dates back centuries.

New Study Urges Morocco To Diversify Economy to Spur Job Creation

By Chaima Lahsini December 22, 2017 Rabat

Morocco has failed to benefit from its youth. The booming demographic evolution of the country has barely made any impact on wealth and job creation in Morocco, according to two studies conducted by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).  For the HCP, the increase of unemployment, which reached 10.3 percent this year, pulls down the growth of Moroccans’ living standards, which barely exceeded 3.2 percent between 2001 and 2015.

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