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Morocco Week in Review 
March 10, 2018

Morocco women struggle against marital violence, stereotypes.

March 8, 2018

And her case is far from unique, according to counselors at the Annajda Center in Rabat, one of over 1,000 associations in Morocco working to advance women’s rights in the Muslim majority kingdom.
“I recall one time having just arrived home. He jumped on me at once, snatching my djellaba, and pushing me into the bedroom,” she recounted, her eyes wide with the pain of the memory of how her tormentor tore her long robe……………..
Read more here: http://www.egyptindependent.com/morocco-women-struggle-marital-violence-stereotypes/
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Morocco- 52,000 Moroccan Women Benefit from Income Generating Projects in 2017

Rabat

The National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) revealed on Women's Day on Thursday, that a total of 4.2 million women have participated in INDH income-generating projects in 2017. The INDH released that MAD 1.9 billion was spent on more than 6,800 income-generating projects for the benefit of more than 52,000 women. These projects concern several activities, in particular, livestock breeding, handicrafts, rural tourism, and promotion of local products. The INDH also created 44,000 projects, affecting 10.3 million beneficiaries, 50 percent of whom were in rural areas.
Read more here: http://menafn.com/1096561915/Morocco52000-Moroccan-Women-Benefit-from-Income-Generating-Projects-in-2017
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Educational reforms, women empowerment: Morocco’s weapons against terrorism

March 1, 2018 New Delhi

Reforms in the traditional education system and empowering women are the two major agendas Morocco is following in its efforts to counter terrorism and radicalisation, a top diplomat of the North African nation has said. “We still have the problem of dealing with the traditional education system,” Assia Ben Salah Alaoui, Ambassador at large for Moroccan King Mohammed VI said in a speech on “Morocco’s Security Strategy: Preventing Terrorism and Countering Extremism” organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) think tank here on Wednesday. “We are trying to reform the system,” Alaoui said, adding that education is very important to shape young minds.
Read more here: https://www.siasat.com/news/educational-reforms-women-empowerment-moroccos-weapons-terrorism-1324309/
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How mega projects mask uncertain future in Morocco

Kieran Cooke Friday 9 March 2018

Mega projects: Instead of the big schemes, the government should pour more investments into basic infrastructure and services to close the social divide

Morocco is in a hurry. At Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara desert what's billed as the world's biggest solar plant – the size of 200 football pitches – is coming into operation. 
On the outskirts of Rabat, the country's capital, the foundations of what its backers claim will be Africa's tallest building – to be built by a Chinese state-owned company – are being laid. This summer what will be the first high-speed bullet trains in Africa will start running along the coast between Casablanca, Morocco's economic hub, and Tangier. Stations along the way are being revamped to accommodate the French manufactured trains. Yet behind all these mega projects, problems are lurking. "Instead of all these big schemes, what we need is basic infrastructure development," says Salim, a Rabat-based activist who did not want his full name to be disclosed.
Read more here: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/big-projects-mask-uncertain-future-morocco-553713521
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International Women’s Day 2018: Recapping Moroccan Women’s Struggles

By Morocco World News - March 8, 2018 By Hajar El Khaldi

But women struggles in a male-dominated society continue to  go underappreciated, and the obstacles that stand in the way of obtaining justice for women remain largely unacknowledged. Hence, International Women’s Day is a  suitable time to look back at some of the major stories that drew the public’s attention to the suffering of Moroccan women  during the year 2017-2018. It is important to acknowledge the severity of the discrimination facing women, so that something can be done about it.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/03/242010/international-womens-day-moroccan/
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Examples of Morocco’s continually failing health care system

By Charifa Zemouri March 6, 2018 Rabat

Morocco knows two healthcare systems: private and governmental, the first of which is only accessible by money and the second is often associated with decreased quality of care which may also apply to the private sector. Experiences from people seeking health care in Morocco show everything but a humane and accessible healthcare system. Patients of governmental hospitals are required to pay for equipment such as sterile syringes or bandages. Prescribed medications are always excessive in amount, aimed at increased turnover of the collaborating pharmacy and often not affordable by the (on average, poor) population. In a country where 41.3% of the population lives in rural areas with no fixed income or form of social security, disease and illness result in decrease of income, progressive poverty, and stress. Furthermore, corruption is common within the wards to receive attention from the nurses or get the doctor to check up on a patient. Even though the government has provided insurance coverage for 8 million of the poor, little is observed in reality when poor citizens of the rural areas travel to the city seeking care. And when care in hospitals is provided, a large proportion of the population is not capable of covering the medical costs……..
Read the rest here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/03/241860/morocco-continually-failing-health-care-system/===============================================

Instagram journey through Morocco

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2018/mar/07/instagram-journey-through-morocco-sahara-arabic-berber-culture
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Hearty fish, veggie stew gets zing from Moroccan flavors

By Robin Mather Chicago Tribune (TNS) Mar 2, 2018

March is easily the hardest month, to my mind: Winter storms may yet bring harsh weather, just as our spirits begin to yearn for longer, warmer days. Cold and weary, we look eagerly now for the early noses of daffodils and crocus to poke through the last of the snow. Spring must surely come soon, we think. My solution to a snow-stunned palate is to dapple my March menus with meals bright with herbs and still-seasonal citrus, dishes sturdy enough to nourish a winter-worn body but colorful enough to fill my eye with the hues of the season I hunger for. This hearty fish and vegetable stew fills the need quite handily. Its complex, layered flavors draw on Morocco’s fascinating court cuisine, but only a couple of ingredients may not be in your pantry already. In Morocco, a tagine of fish would be served over a bed of couscous, and you certainly can serve this stew that way. In my kitchen, though, it tends to come out more as a stew, eaten from a big bowl, and yes, please, I’ll help myself to seconds…….
Read more here: http://www.theindependent.com/life/food/hearty-fish-veggie-stew-gets-zing-from-moroccan-flavors/article_235075da-1e93-11e8-8bb5-6b38bce95630.html
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Sami's Project to Empower Kids - 10 years in

Dr. Rachid El Kouhen, Sami’s father

This year we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Sami’s passing.  We continue to remember his smile, love and beautiful memories within us and through the thousands of kids impacted by Sami’s Project.  The planting and distribution of trees with children is the foundation of Sami’s Project.  It empowers kids by providing a feeling of belonging, love, and respect.  It teaches kids a sense of initiative and increases their enthusiasm for learning.  Through the participatory approach, Sami’s project delivers transformational and sustainable benefits too often poor and neglected youth in Morocco. 
Read more here: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/blogs/845-sami-s-project-to-empower-kids-10-years-in?mc_cid=7a3c528baf&mc_eid=1f865516d0
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“People Are Not Afraid Anymore:” The Legacy and Impact of Morocco’s February 20th People’s Movement

Last month marked the seventh anniversary of the February 20 Movement, a pro-democracy movement born in Morocco in the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. To celebrate the anniversary of one of the most defining events of Morocco’s recent political history, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Casablanca, Rabat, Nador, Fes and other Moroccan cities.
These demonstrations took place without incident. However, in Nador, a city in the Rif region, where a protest movement against corruption and for regional development was highly active from 2016 to 2017, authorities were edgy. According to local activists, a heavy police presence prevented people from gathering to mark the February 20 Movement anniversary, and at least five protesters were briefly detained by police…
Read more here: https://towardfreedom.com/archives/africa-archives/people-are-not-afraid-anymore-the-legacy-and-impact-of-moroccos-february-20th-peoples-movement/
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Morocco: A Photo Tour

by Donald and Bonnie Fink, contributing writer March 8, 2018

We've never paid much attention to Morocco. To us, it was a place to walk through between France and Japan, on our way to something cool to drink at the American Pavilion. Then one day we couldn't get dinner reservations for a Candlelight Processional anywhere else at Epcot except the Restaurant Marrakesh, and our whole perception about Morocco changed.
See the photos here: https://www.mouseplanet.com/12029/Morocco_A_Photo_Tour
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As Morocco’s economy slows, the jobless are getting restive

Middle East and Africa Mar 1st 2018 NADOR

Protests in the north have pricked the king’s conscience

For over a year, fishermen, miners and jobless graduates in northern Morocco have demanded more help from the government. To be fair, the government is acutely aware of the need to create more jobs. Even as the protests rage, workers are putting the finishing touches on Marchica, the first of seven eco-resorts planned for the northern coast under the king’s ten-year plan to increase tourism. “We can’t just build hospitals and schools,” says Sami Bouhmidi, one of Marchica’s managers. “We need to lay the foundations for investment and regeneration.”………….
Read more here: https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/435056010/_bqZdURJXivdFLd2?n=1&code=F0A6UI8SDeLVJB2O
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