Morocco: Civil Society Organizations Make Recommendations to Combat Violence Against Women at the Upcoming United Nations Committee Against Torture

Publication Date: 
October 28, 2011
Global Rights

Geneva, Switzerland – On Monday, October 31, 2011, in collaboration with an alliance of Moroccan civil society organizations from diverse regions across the country1, Global Rights, and The Advocates for Human Rights will issue a joint statement to the 47th Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT).

“The Advocates is happy to be working with these organizations to improve human rights conditions for women in Morocco,” said Robin Phillips, The Advocates’ Executive Director. “Our joint report to the Committee Against Torture provides compelling recommendations that the Moroccan government can implement to protect women against violence.”

Conquering Culture and Creating Change: A Grassroots Level View from Morocco

This post is by Stephanie Willman Bordat as part of the series 'Culture and Human Rights: Challenging Cultural Excuses for Gender-Based Violence' hosted by and

A Successful Suicide

For the past ten years, we have worked in Morocco for gender equality recognition both in law and in Moroccan society. During this time we have traveled throughout the Northern African state and we have heard countless stories of abuse. But there is one story that stayed with us.

and our local partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a nationwide caravan in October 2009.  We stopped in a small town in the south of Morocco near Zagora. In coordination with the village leaders we organized a meeting with the local women to discuss violence they had experienced at the hands of their husbands.

Intimate Partner Violence: High costs to Households and Communities

Publication Date: 
January, 2011

ICRW and its partners, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda and Hassan II University in Morocco, with support from UNFPA, undertook a three-country study in Bangladesh, Morocco and Uganda to estimate the economic costs of intimate partner violence at the household and community levels, where its impact is most direct and immediate. The focus on intimate partner violence was motivated by the fact that this is the most common form of violence against women. A household and community level analysis helps to shed light on intimate partner violence's relationship to both household economic vulnerability and the extent to which scarce public resources for essential health, security and infrastructure services are diverted due to such violence.

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UN General Assembly: UN Member States Should Vote Against Proposed Resolution On “Vilification Of Religions”

Publication Date: 
November 19, 2010
Article 19
Article 19 Press Release

London 19.11.10: ARTICLE 19 and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) urge UN Member States to vote against the draft resolution proposed at the current session of the UN General Assembly on “combating religious hatred and vilification of religions”.

Morocco: Unlikely Revolutionaries: Moroccan Government Empowers Women as Spiritual Guides

Publication Date: 
June 4, 2010
Photo Credit: Charlotte Mangin

The Moroccan government has unleashed its latest weapon in the crusade against extremist interpretations of Islam -- female religious leaders. The government hopes that women might spread a more balanced and tolerant version of Islam.

Morocco rape law oppresses women: Activists

Saturday, 07 February 2009

Says forcing a victim to marry rapist is a crime

RABAT (Hassan al-Ashraf)