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University of Virginia

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

As is the case in many countries, Morocco’s legislative body is largely male-dominated in terms of both representation and political influence. Despite the adoption of gender and youth quotas within Parliament, female politicians are frequently disadvantaged by discriminatory perceptions of the capabilities and roles of women in public life. Political women face obstacles during campaigns, elections, and in office unparalleled by the challenges facing men. Even in the face of adversity, however, many women have achieved and maintained remarkable political success and influence. Today, numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, and individuals are becoming increasingly involved in the process of evolving the culture and structure of Morocco’s political system so as to incorporate female politicians to a greater extent. This paper, by means of an extensive review of literature accompanied by interviews with politicians, scholars, and representatives from NGOs, aims to describe and analyze the difficulties associated with being a Moroccan woman involved in politics, as well as offer insights into potential solutions to the issue of gender inequality in political parties and in Parliament.

Disciplines

African Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science

 

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