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University of Puget Sound

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Spring 2018

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


Currently, 81 out of 395 members of the House of Representatives, Morocco’s lower chamber of Parliament, are women. In other words, roughly 20.5% of the representatives are women. For comparison's sake, the world average is 23.8%.1 Morocco is near the world average in terms of representation, but what does female representation accomplish? Are the women in parliament effective at representing Moroccan women, their rights, and their concerns? This paper explores the concept of female parliamentarians as substantive representatives of female citizens. Specifically, this paper examines if female members of parliament (MPs) form coalitions around issues that are specific to women, such as women’s political representation and violence against women. This paper also investigates the various reasons that women do not work across party lines despite pressure from civil society and the women’s movement.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science | Social Welfare | Women's Studies


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