Research Topic: Gender Equality in Morocco

I am taking Sex & Gender with Professor Bilharz this semester as well, and we conveniently watched a film last Thursday on women in Morocco. The film was definitely older, so some of the information was out of date, but it’s still important in understanding where Moroccan women are coming from nonetheless.

A new push for reform of the Mudawana (personal code or family law) has caused some controversy in what is otherwise a fairly modern (as subjective as that term may be) nation. This reform, on the surface, seems to give women more control over custody issues, raises the legal age for marriage from 15 to 18, and gives victims of domestic violence legal recourse , among other reforms. However, as the law is trying to work under an Islamic system, it renders the reforms almost useless.

I would like to research more on why religious leaders view these reforms as a threat and what Moroccan women’s groups are doing to raise the status of women.

http://www.merip.org/mer/mer163/state-gender-maghrib

3 thoughts on “Research Topic: Gender Equality in Morocco”

  1. Hey Krista,

    Questions-
    1) Why are women allowed to be married at 18? Does the potential husband need to ask the father for permission?
    2) What other inequalities do women face in Morocco?

    Comments-
    1) I really do like the idea of gender equality. I took Hist 375 with Jeff Iovannone and it was a women studies class too. I learned alot in that one semester about why women SHOULD be EQUAL!!
    2) The article that you attached was very helpful to me, as a reader. It did answer some of my questions and give me a new perspective on how another country treats a lady in society.

    Sources- I will email you some.

    -Chad S.

  2. Hey Krista,

    I’d be curious how many of those pushing for women’s rights identify as Muslim/Christian/etc. It always interests how people reconcile their faith when that religion usually presents an obstacle to a civil liberty they are fighting for, such as (though it’s an imperfect comparison) gay marriage and Christianity.

    -Ron

  3. Hey Krista,
    In my brief research of your topic and the different demographics of Morocco, I think religious influence is important to consider in your search for factors that may lead to the defined gender roles. With the vast majority of Moroccans claiming Muslim faith, this may play a crucial part in the countries view of gender. Looking more in depth of the influence the religion holds on their society may prove to be insightful.

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