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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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Progress, but Some Gaps; Further Reform Needed

(Tunis) – Morocco’s new law on violence against women provides protections for survivors but contains gaps that should be addressed, Human Rights Watch said today.
 
  
 
 After more than a decade of advocacy by Moroccan women’s rights…
Women from various regions of Morocco hold placards as they protest against violence towards women, in Rabat November 24, 2013. The placard reads, "In memory of all women victims of violence".
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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Rape-marriage exoneration laws are relics of the colonial past. It's time to leave them there.

In recent weeks, the Tunisian, Jordanian, and Lebanese parliaments have repealed provisions in their penal codes that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. Provisions like these, largely colonial-era relics, remain on the books…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Moroccan Women Need Help Confronting, Not Covering Up, Domestic Violence

“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life,” said a make-up artist on the morning show Sabahiyat on Morocco’s state television last Wednesday. But this was no typical make-up advice: She was teaching women how to cover up…
Screenshot from an episode of the Sabahiyat morning show on Morrocan state television, which aired on November 23, 2016.
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October 28, 2016Re: Bill 103-13 combatting violence against women
 Dear Mr Hakim Benchamas,
 We write concerning the revised bill on combatting violence against women (Bill 103-13), which the government adopted on March 17, 2016, and the House…
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Key Protections, but Significant Gaps Remain

(Tunis) – Morocco’s new law regulating work for domestic workers could help protect thousands of women and girls from exploitation and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The new law was adopted by the House of Representatives on July 26, 2016, and will…
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 “My husband beats me. He abuses me. My family doesn’t help me. They just say ‘be patient, he’ll change.’ The first time, I went to the police. They didn’t believe me, they told me to go home.”
 
 These are the opening words of a new video…
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In this video, Moroccan comedian and feminist activist Mounia Magueri plays the role of a domestic violence survivor, an abusive husband, a police officer, and a prosecutor—thus highlighting the problem of domestic violence from different angles. The case…
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“Khadija”: A Domestic Violence Survivor’s Account in Morocco

Moroccan authorities often fail to prevent domestic violence, protect survivors, and punish abusers. We want the Moroccan Minister of Women to strengthen and adopt laws to improve protection for victims of domestic violence. We are asking for your support…
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“Ilham”: A Domestic Violence Survivor’s Account in Morocco

Moroccan authorities often fail to prevent domestic violence, protect survivors, and punish abusers. We want the Moroccan Minister of Women to strengthen and adopt laws to improve protection for victims of domestic violence. We are asking for your support…
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Strengthen Laws; Provide Protection, Justice, Services

(Beirut) – Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan…
Women from various regions of Morocco hold placards as they protest against violence towards women, in Rabat November 24, 2013. The placard reads, "In memory of all women victims of violence".
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Ratify Treaty, Bring National Law Up to International Standards

(Beirut) – The Moroccan parliament should revise a draft law on the legal protections for domestic workers so that it complies with international standards, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Labor Minister Abdeslam Seddiki. The draft law,…