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Morocco Week in Review 
March 14, 2020

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Fearing the Spread of COVID-19, Morocco Cancels Religious Gatherings

The Moroccan government recently banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in confined spaces.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Mar 11, 2020 Rabat

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs banned all religious moussems, a type of public event. The ministry confirmed the events are canceled regardless of the size of the gatherings. The move does not affect Friday sermons at mosques, however. The ministry’s decision is in response to the mounting fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Morocco has confirmed five cases of the virus so far. “This decision was taken in accordance with the guidelines of Sharia [Islamid] law relating to the protection of souls and bodies against ruin and any damage, taking into account the epidemic which appeared in a number of countries,” the ministry affirmed.
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Celebrating March 8 in Morocco: A New Generation of Feminists is Making History

Moroccan women are often depicted in Western media outlets and public for a as powerless and passive victims of patriarchy.

By Fatima Sadiqi  - Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies Woodrow Wilson Global Fellow. Mar 3, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan women are often depicted in Western media outlets and the public as powerless and passive victims of patriarchy.This depiction is increasingly nourished by a spectacular proliferation of Islamophobia in the Western world. The danger here is that such depictions disseminate a homogenizing discourse that sidelines the attested opportunities of empowerment and the tremendous potential of women in Morocco as genuine agents of change. A response to this is an emerging generation of young Moroccan feminists (females and males) that call for diversity, individual freedom, gender justice, and peace, in addition to equality which has constituted the backbone of the preceding generations of Moroccan feminists and that spanned almost half a century.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295150/celebrating-march-8-in-morocco-a-new-generation-of-feminists-is-making-history/
Home Society Gender issues “Chnou Bghiti Nti:” A Campaign for Gender Equality in Morocco
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Hshouma: The Comic Book Breaking Taboos About Moroccan Women

Since it was published in September 2019, the “Hshouma” comic book has raised many questions about gender taboos and gender equality in Moroccan society.

By  Rachid Elouahsoussi  - Mar 6, 2020 Rabat

Written by young Moroccan feminist Zainab Fasiki, the book has sold thousands of copies and is becoming an educational resource about society’s forbidden topics. The book describes sexuality and taboos surrounding women in Morocco’s conservative social norms. Having won several awards for promoting women’s rights Fasiki wants society to open up about its mental images regarding women’s bodies and freedom.
“Hshouma” displays a collection of drawings about gender and sexual taboos in Moroccan society.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295461/hshouma-the-comic-book-breaking-taboos-about-moroccan-women/======================================

“Chnou Bghiti Nti:” A Campaign for Gender Equality in Morocco

By Rachid Elouahsoussi - Mar 8, 2020 Marrakech

On International Women’s Day, the “Chnou Bghiti Nti” campaign aims to raise awareness among Moroccans about gender inequalities and the needs of women in Morocco at the professional and personal levels.  Global Shapers, a network of youth leaders driving dialogue, action, and change, launched the campaign today in partnership with We for She. The network is born out of the World Economic Forum initiative to facilitate social and economic change in 160 countries, including Morocco. “Chnou Bghiti Nti,” meaning “what do you want,” asks Moroccan women about their needs and civil rights in an effort to draw attention to women’s issues on the occasion of International Women’s Day. “We Moroccans, men and women, do not want International Women’s Day to be only an occasion of exchanging gifts,” writes Global Shapers on its official social media. “We want to think and engage in a dialogue about solutions to achieving more rights for women.” 

Women in Morocco and around the world still face problems at the social and economic levels. 35% of women in Morocco are subject to violence, according to UN Women, while the pay gap stands at 23%. In 2004, reforms to Morocco’s Family Code (Moudawana) secured important rights for Moroccan women, including the right to self-guardianship, the right to divorce, and the right to child custody.  Despite the reforms, civil society organizations in Morocco still report disparities between the family code’s legislation and practice, and gender inequality prevails in many areas of society. In particular, women in rural areas are often not aware of the rights they are guaranteed under the Moudawana and remain subjected to patriarchal values.
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Morocco Launches Violence Against Women Awareness Campaign

El Othmani emphasized, "Repressive measures alone can not solve the problem."

By  Susanna Spurgeon  - Susanna is an editor at Morocco World News. Nov 29, 2019 Rabat

Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani officially launched Morocco’s campaign against the “scourge” of violence against women on Friday, November 29, in Rabat. In his speech, El Othmani noted that the issue “is not only a women’s affair, but [the problem] of all actors in society.” El Othmani welcomed the participation of NGOs and called for dialogue and preventive measures to tackle gender-based violence.
In 2018, Morocco passed Law 103.13 on the elimination of violence against women. The law greatly increased the penalties for those caught harassing or assaulting women. However, El Othmani emphasized, “Repressive measures alone can not solve the problem.”
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/11/287856/morocco-launches-violence-against-women-awareness-campaign/======================================

Moroccan Courts Handle 17,000 Cases of Violence Against Women Annually

Right groups and feminists are more vocal than ever against gender-based violence, encouraging women to speak up and denounce any form of violence.

 Safaa Kasraoui   Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Mar 9, 2020 Rabat

Gender-based violence remains a prevalent issue in Morocco, where courts handle 17,000 cases of violence against women annually. The director of criminal affairs at the Ministry of Justice, Hicham Melati, said that a small portion of the complaints are made against the parents of victims while a third of the cases are committed by third parties. Melati spoke about gender-based violence during a conference last weekend in Guelmim, southern Morocco. He warned that the issue remains “worrying and raises several questions about the phenomenon of violence against women.”
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295690/moroccan-courts-handle-17000-cases-of-violence-against-women-annually/
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Morocco Records Alarming Increase in Cases of Violence Against Women

Physical violence against Moroccan women represented 5.7% last year, while psychological violence reached 48.95%, according to a recent gender-based violence report.

Safaa Kasraoui  - Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Nov 24, 2019 Rabat

A 2018 report on gender-based violence records nearly 12,233 cases of violence against women in 2018 against 10,959 in 2017.“Injad” or rescue and “Femmes solidaires” (Women in solidarity or female solidarity), two networks drop-in centers, recorded a notable increase in reported cases of gendered violence, according to a recent  report on gender-based violence. The report was done in collaboration with the Federation of Women’s Rights League (FLDF). The two networks presented the outcomes of the report at a recent conference held on November 22 in Rabat. The findings show that 48.95 % of the reported cases of violence were psychological, while 24.42% were socio-economic violence.https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/11/287516/morocco-alarming-increase-violence-women/======================================

Morocco’s DGSN Establishes Support Units for Women Victims of Violence

The care units are in line with the provisions of Law 103-13 against gender discrimination, which went into effect on September 12, 2018.

By- Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Sep 27, 2019 Rabat

Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has introduced support units for women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence. The units, which will be within DGSN administrations, seek to provide psychological support and guidance for the victims of violence.
DGSN announced the measure on Thursday, September 26, at the Royal Police Institute in Kenitra, a city north of Rabat.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/283500/morocco-dgsn-support-units-women-victims-violence/======================================

Participation of Women in Morocco’s Labor Market Still Low

Analysis of the situation of women in the labor market shows their low participation in economic activity, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

By  Morocco World News  - Mar 7, 2020 Rabat

Analysis of the situation of women in the labor market shows their low participation in economic activity, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP). The activity rate for women is only 21.5%, well below that for men (71%). This rate is 27.1% in rural areas against 18.5% in urban areas, said the HCP in a note on the situation of women in the labor market, issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
In 2019, Morocco included 17.9 million women (50.3%) of which 13.4 million are of working age (15 years and over), said this note.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295569/participation-of-women-in-moroccos-labor-market-still-low/
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Eight Phenomenal Moroccan Women That Were Ahead of Their Time

These eight Moroccan women overcame obstacles in their respective times and paved the way for future generations of strong independent women.

By Josef Abdessalam Zerbaoui - Mar 8, 2020

The UN International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8 every year. This important day is dedicated to celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements throughout history. The event also aims to call for greater gender equality. While significant progress has been made in the last 100 years, much is still left to do as no country in the world has yet achieved full gender equality, according to the United Nations. Moreover, the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take another 100 years to erase the global gender gap. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The Generation Equality campaign is aimed at mobilizing global action to achieve gender equality and to bring together people of every gender, ethnicity, race, age, religion, and nationality.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295467/8-phenomenal-moroccan-women-that-were-ahead-of-their-time/
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Marrakesh: Presentation of 'Lexicon of Famous Women of Morocco' by Zahra Najia Zahraoui

09 March 2020 Printable Version

Marrakesh - The author Zahra Najia Zahraoui presented, last weekend in Marrakesh, her latest book entitled: "Lexicon of famous women of Morocco", during an organized meeting on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day.

This book provides the reader with the biography of 375 women who have left their mark on the history of Morocco since the 2nd century of Hegira until 2008, explained Zahraoui during this meeting initiated by the Center of Development of the Tensift Region (CDRT). This book clearly illustrates the Moroccan cultural specificity in its female version in general, as well as that of each region of the Kingdom, she said, indicating that the women cited in this opus belong to different social classes and regions of Morocco. These women have excelled in different fields, such as Sufism, science, resistance, literature and art, noted Zahraoui, stressing that in this book, the biographies are classified according to an alphabetical order.
https://www.mapnews.ma/en/actualites/culture/marrakesh-presentation-lexicon-famous-women-morocco-zahra-najia-zahraoui
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Nawal Benaissa: “In The End, Women Push the Wheels of Change”

“What you have to realize is that protesting in Morocco can be difficult for anyone, but raising your voice as a woman is far more difficult.”

By Wouter Ijzerman With a background in History, Wouter IJzerman works as a contributing writer at Morocco World News, focusing on history, migration, and religion. Mar 11, 2020 Amsterdam

Leaving the lonely confinements of the Dutch asylum center, Nawal Benaissa visited Amsterdam last weekend to talk about her experience as one of the most prominent faces of the Hirak-movement, which mobilized after the tragic death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in 2016. Benaissa and her youngest son fled the Rif aboard a ferry to Spain and were allowed asylum by the Dutch government last month. At ‘De Balie’, a well-known Amsterdam-based center where people are provided with a platform to raise their voice, Benaissa opened the evening. “Thank you all for coming! Before we begin I would like to express my solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Rif who have been imprisoned and continue with their hunger strike as we speak. We have not forgotten you.” “It is a very strange feeling having to flee your home and hearth. On the one hand, there is a sense of relief and gratitude, since I and my youngest son are right now living in safety. On the other hand, I had to leave my friends and family behind who are still in Morocco. Life in the asylum center can be tough. There is very little privacy and other asylum seekers do not understand why I left Morocco on account of my provisionary sentencing of ten months.”
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511745686/3KOcviyt5cNO-zbT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

ANRT: More Than 25 Million Moroccans Have Internet Subscriptions

2019 witnessed an 11.43% increase in the number of internet subscriptions in Morocco.

By Taha Mebtoul Mar 11, 2020 Rabat

Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) announced that the number of internet subscribers in Morocco amounted to 25.38 million in 2019. ANRT released the figures on its official website on March 6, with the report illustrating a significant jump in the number of users of different services. The agency recorded an 11.43% increase in internet subscriptions in 2019, representing a 2.6% growth from 2018.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511745686/3KOcviyt5cNO-zbT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Reading Project at Ibn Sina High school

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3s&v=g1cGVmO-aDI&app=desktop
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Varied riches of Morocco a delight for tour group

Visitors sample desert nation's food, landscape and history

By Azra Haqqie Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Colors of Morocco was the name of the recent trip that immersed our tour group for 10 days in the northwest African country's deep history, varied geography, exotic sights and welcoming people. I signed up for the trip with Plaza Travel in Latham and joined 18 other local people in early December as we visited Casablanca, Fez, the Sahara Desert and Marrakesh. We visited the oldest university in the world, drove through the mighty Atlas Mountains, spent two nights in luxury tents in the Sahara Desert, visited a UNESCO World Heritage site, had fun at the bazaars in Marrakesh, marveled at the gorgeous tilework everywhere and enjoyed the delicious local foods.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511306385/segXCNKIJeXjys5G?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Morocco to Lose 100,000 Tourists in March Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

6 March 2020 Rabat

As the numbers of confirmed novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases grow in Africa, the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism and the national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) predict mass cancellations in March.The crisis cell at the north African country’s tourism ministry predicts the loss of at least 100,000 tourists in March alone, Media24 reported quoting a source within the ministry.Based on flight and hotel cancellations since Morocco confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Monday, March 2, both the crisis cell and RAM predict a severe downturn for the tourism sector. A source at RAM told Media24: “We were on an upward trend with very strong double-digit growth in bookings compared to 2019 and today, our activity is, unfortunately, almost falling back to stability compared to the previous year.”Although they could not give definitive statistics, the source was clear that, if the situation continues, it will have a detrimental effect on the company’s turnover.
http://world.einnews.com/article/511355224/iEPAgt-oJfDS9255
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Morocco Sets Up New Committee to Mitigate Economic Damage of COVID-19

The new committee, chaired by the Ministry of Economy, is the latest installment in Morocco’s preventive measures against the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Yahia Hatim - Mar 11, 2020 Rabat

The Moroccan government has launched a new economic monitoring committee to follow the developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and mitigate its impact on the national economy. The Ministry of Economy made the announcement on Wednesday, March 11, as Morocco recorded its fifth confirmed COVID-19 case. The new committee will develop measures and mechanisms to closely follow up on the developments of the epidemic and find ways to support the economic sectors directly affected by the global health threat, notably tourism and transport.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511745686/3KOcviyt5cNO-zbT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Participation of Women in Morocco’s Labor Market Still Low

Analysis of the situation of women in the labor market shows their low participation in economic activity, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

By Morocco World News - Mar 7, 2020 Rabat

Analysis of the situation of women in the labor market shows their low participation in economic activity, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP). The activity rate for women is only 21.5%, well below that for men (71%). This rate is 27.1% in rural areas against 18.5% in urban areas, said the HCP in a note on the situation of women in the labor market, issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day. In 2019, Morocco included 17.9 million women (50.3%) of which 13.4 million are of working age (15 years and over), said this note.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511430344/RZxBvtay3tiG0Vhl?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Boy Genius Idder Moutia to Represent Morocco at US Robotics Competition

Moutia's team ranked 1st in the Vex IQ robotics qualifying competition.

By Rachid Elouahsoussi - Mar 8, 2020 Marrakech

Young programming prodigy Idder Moutia will represent Morocco at the Vex Robotics World Championship from April 22 to 28 in the US state of Kentucky.  Moutia and his three classmates from London Academy Casablanca, Ahmed Ait Ounjar, Illias El Ouahmani, Mounsif Slimani, and Mounsif Slimani, qualified for the competition in the elementary school category.  The competition allows students to use their technical and cognitive skills in the domain of educational robotics. 
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511470262/kvODoBSfQ5qy2li0?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Morocco’s Human Rights Council Publishes Report on Hirak Rif Movement.

The Hirak Rif is an event that marked the contemporary political scene in Morocco.

By Yahia Hatim - Mar 9, 2020 Rabat

Morocco’s National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has issued its report on the Al Hoceima demonstrations, known as the Hirak Rif Movement.
The Hirak Rif was a protest movement in the Rif region, northern Morocco, between October 2016 and October 2017. The protests erupted after Mohcine Fikri, a fishmonger in Al Hoceima, was crushed to death in a garbage truck while attempting to retrieve his confiscated merchandise. https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511541008/APhKY8N81LbIAQlf?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Drought in Morocco Worries Farmers in Casablanca-Settat Region

The 2019/2020 season in the Casablanca-Settat region has experienced a rainfall deficit of 78% compared to the previous season.

Rabat

Seasonal precipitation records show a sudden stop of rainfall in Morocco that is likely to worry farmers, especially in the Casablanca-Settat region.
The head of the Regional Direction of Agriculture of Casablanca Settat (DRA-CS), Abderrahman Naili, told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that the body has noticed a decrease in the level of cumulative rainfall and an increase in temperatures, especially in the ‘bours’ lands, which depend only on rainwater. Naili added that the harsh weather conditions in the ‘bours’ lands affect mostly cereals and vegetables. https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511541028/PPiPmOAOGY9rD8pT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Moroccan Minister Meets US Officials to Discuss American Investment in Morocco.

The meetings revolved around increased American investment in Morocco and preparations for the upcoming US-Africa Business Summit.

By Josef Abdessalam Zerbaoui - Mar 10, 2020 Moscow

Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohcine Jazouli, held several meetings with senior US officials on Monday, March 9, in Washington. Jazouli met with notable officials including Adam Boehler, the first CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and Florizelle Liser, the CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). During the meeting with Boehler, the minister delegate showcased the achievements that have made Morocco a regional key player and one of the most attractive countries for investment in Africa.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511646439/sv0uQKg3PonOp-ZD?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article======================================

Morocco’s Tanneries, A Trade Steeped In Tradition

RABAT

Moroccan leather tanneries are steeped in tradition and have so far resisted change. Reforms, however, are on the horizon. In the ancient city of Fez, 23,000 artisans continue to keep production techniques that are now thousands of years old alive. Walking through the tanneries is like time travelling. Tools and materials and the vast infrastructure where the leather is washed, dried and dyed has been in use since the 8th century.

Some 500 people work in the Chuara tannery, a large open-air courtyard that was built in the 11th century. Round stone vessels pack the space filled with softening liquids and pigments. One of the first things to greet curious tourists is the stench of fermented water, not for the fainthearted, where cows, sheep and goat skins are steeped until supple and soft. Workers move around the vessels, some even getting in to soak the skins, while others can be seen plucking them of their last strands of animal hair. Only those in charge of polishing the fabrics work in small rooms sheltered from the scorching sun.
http://world.einnews.com/article/511681678/DwtevTOLrPkLmSwT
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Erasmus MENA Forum Discusses Means to Foster Global Citizenship Education

The forum aims to foster global citizenship education among the region’s youth.

By Rachid Elouahsoussi - Mar 2, 2020 Rabat

Morocco is hosting the Erasmus MENA Forum from February 29 to March 2 in Rabat. Erasmus Global Partnerships (EGP) organized the event. EGP is a youth organisation committed to advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The three-day forum focuses on “Fostering Global Citizenship Education to Move Beyond SDGs.” Erasmus Global Partnerships (EGP) is aiming to deepen knowledge of youth about global citizenship education.
Education is a major objective in the UN’s 2030 sustainable development objectives. Quality education plays a prominent role in fostering global citizenship, according to the organization. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are set by the UN to be achieved by 2030. 
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295019/erasmus-mena-forum-discusses-means-to-foster-global-citizenship-education/
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Making Sense of Female Sub-Saharan Migrants’ ‘Vulnerability’ in Morocco

Agencies fuel gender inequality by representing the women as vulnerable, subordinate, and sometimes threatened. 

By  Nabil Ferdaoussi - Nabil Ferdaoussi is a graduate student of cultural studies at the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (Fez, Morocco). Mar 6, 2020 Fez

A growing flux of female migrants from West and Central African countries find themselves stuck in Morocco due to stringent border controls and, to a lesser extent, global economic realities. By default, Morocco became their destination. During their journeys and upon their arrival in Morocco, sub-Saharan African girls and women are vulnerable to all forms of violence and abuse by different actors and institutions. Amid efforts to expose such vulnerability, a sizable portion of literature by humanitarian agencies and public authorities on migration and gender frames such vulnerability within androcentric, racist, and neo-colonial paradigms. Seen from a post-modernist feminist perspective, the concept of vulnerability is less reducible to a political position of powerlessness.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295491/making-sense-of-female-sub-saharan-migrants-vulnerability-in-morocco/
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Moroccan Cyclist Travels the World With Bike to Promote Peace

Yahia started his journey on December 22.

By  Safaa Kasraoui  - Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Mar 10, 2020 Rabat 

Moroccan cyclist Yahia Elbrigui is touring the world on his bike to promote peace. The 26-year-old started his journey from Sidi Slimane, his hometown in Morocco, on December 22. So far, the cyclist has traversed Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295729/moroccan-cyclist-travels-the-world-with-bike-to-promote-peace/
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International Designer Pays Tribute to Amazigh Queen Dihya in New Collection

The Maghreb desert scapes inspired the Paris based brand.

By  Rachid Elouahsoussi  - Mar 6, 2020 Rabat

Designer Honayda Serafi has chosen Amazigh (Berber) Queen Dihya as an inspiration for her 2020 winter collection. The Saudi designer has taken a creative trip back in time to the 7th century to bring Dihya’s courage to life during Paris Fashion Week. Honayda paid tribute to the Amazigh Queen Dihya, a symbol of resistance and courage in the Maghreb against foreign invasions. The brand, helmed by Honayda, took inspiration from the Moroccan and Tunisian desert-scapes, according to The National.ae. Honayda lived in Saudi Arabia before moving to Paris to study fashion. She celebrates feminine courage in her collections. The Saudi designer launched her namesake label in 2017.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295431/international-designer-pays-tribute-to-amazigh-queen-dihya-in-new-collection/
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Brussels Book Fair Celebrates Morocco as Guest of Honor

More than 9% of the population in Brussels communicates in Moroccan dialects.

By  Rachid Elouahsoussi  - Mar 8, 2020 Marrakech

Morocco was the guest of honor at the 2020 Brussels Book Fair in Belgium from March 5 to 7. 
The festival invited more than 30 notable Moroccan writers to celebrate the country’s literature during the 50-year-old cultural event in the Belgian capital. “The organizing committee wanted for years to pay tribute to a dynamic culture rooted in our society,” the Brussels Book Fair shared on its official website. 
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295610/brussels-book-fair-celebrates-morocco-as-guest-of-honor/
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Chef Richard Bertinet Shares His Valuable Lesson in Moroccan Hospitality

Chef Richard Bertinet reflects on his visit to Morocco and the lessons he learned from breaking bread in the High Atlas Mountains.

By Morgan Hekking - Mar 1, 2020

Chef Richard Bertinet, like many others before him, fell in love with Morocco the first time he experienced what he describes as magic while exploring the city of Marrakech.  “I remember I followed some kids near the train who were carrying a tray of dough in the early morning to the local bakery,” he recalled in an interview with Morocco World News on the sidelines of a gathering at the residence of the British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly.  “They gave the tray of dough to the baker, who just put the tray away and told them to come back later.” 
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/294930/chef-richard-bertinet-shares-his-valuable-lesson-in-moroccan-hospitality/
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Fouad Laroui: How a Moroccan Engineer Became a Literary Lion in French

Undertaking real-world reforms is the only real solution, and as a member of the CSMD, Laroui now has a chance to serve Morocco by promoting reforms.

By  Bouzeki Chakroune  Bouzekri Chakroune is a regular contributor to weekly and monthly international magazines and leading newspapers, writing op-eds, biographical articles, and pieces on cultural, political, social and international relations since 2000. Mar 1, 2020 Beni Mellal

Although Fouad Laroui holds degrees in engineering and economics from prestigious European universities, he has become a prolific writer in the Moroccan diaspora. He has produced a fabulous miscellany of novels, short stories, poems, and especially chronicles in the French weekly Jeune Afrique and other media outlets. Born in Morocco’s eastern city of Oujda on August 12, 1958, Fouad Laroui was lucky he could study at the Lycee Lyautey French school in Casablanca. After passing the French Baccalaureate, he went to Paris to study engineering at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees. Because of his degree, Laroui had access to the position of engineer at Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), the phosphate company in Khouribga. But he did not settle in Morocco.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/294897/fouad-laroui-how-a-moroccan-engineer-became-a-literary-lion-in-french/======================================

EU, Morocco Discuss Means to Promote Education, Scientific Research

Morocco is the first African country and the second in the south of the Mediterranean to benefit from the Erasmus program, which encourages student mobility.

By  Safaa Kasraoui  - Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Mar 5, 2020 Rabat

The minister delegate in charge of higher education and scientific research, Driss Ouaouicha,  held talks with European Commissioner for Education and Culture Maria Gabriel on Wednesday. During the meeting, the Moroccan official and the EU representative discussed means to strengthen cooperation in higher education and scientific research. The talks also focused on the mobility of students, researchers, and administrative staff, as well as on “the means to develop tripartite cooperation with Africa.” Ouaouicha said that both Morocco and the EU have a “lot of points of convergence on these topics of common interest.”
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/03/295384/eu-morocco-discuss-means-to-promote-education-scientific-research/
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Marrakech-Agadir Railroad Construction on Track to Completion by 2025

By Hamza Guessous - Mar 11, 2020 Rabat

The feasibility and pilot studies of extending Morocco’s railway line from Marrakech to Agadir are almost completed, with the line’s completion scheduled for 2025. According to a Technical Data Sheet obtained and examined by Moroccan news outlet Medias24, the National Railway Office (ONCF) launched the railway feasibility studies years ago, which enabled the office to determine the project’s profitability as well as the passenger base of the two cities. The document showed that ONCF has chosen the optimal route to extend the line to Agadir, which is 260 kilometers away from Marrakech by car. The railroad will pass between mountains.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/511745686/3KOcviyt5cNO-zbT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article ======================================

40,000 Foreign Students Study In Morocco

March 5, 2020 Mohammed Methqual

As part of moves to promote unity and peace through education, the government of Morocco has opened its doors to many foreign students to access higher quality education. It is estimated that over 40,000 foreign students had, over the last three decades, benefited from higher education, technical and vocational training in Morocco. Mohammed Methqual, Ambassador Director General of the Morocco International Cooperation Agency (AMCI), said the students were drawn from 117 countries. Currently, 14,000 foreign students are studying in the Morocco through AMCI, and 85 per cent of them are on scholarship.
https://www.ghanamma.com/2020/03/05/40000-foreign-students-study-in-morocco/
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