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 The film was definitely older, so some of the information was out of date, but it’s still important in understanding where Moroccan women are coming from nonetheless.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.