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Publication Date

Spring 2018

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

While women have always been writing in Morocco a lack of access to education and sexist ideals have limited the ability of women to disseminate their stories. Now, after years of attempted reforms women are still fighting against a society that relegates them to enact traditional gender roles. While more women are receiving education in Morocco the messages that the State projects continue to be androcentric. As such, this paper examines the role of women’s writing and literature in the Moroccan education system. By putting it in the context of the women’s rights movement this paper strives to trace the position of women’s writing as a form of protest in Moroccan. This paper argues that women’s writing is critical to changing a sexist mentality as it teaches and demonstrates empathy and tolerance. Furthermore, through interviews with women Moroccan authors, educators and literary analyses of their work, it seeks to show how women’s literature subverts an internalized misogyny that helps perpetuate gender inequality.

Disciplines

African Studies | Creative Writing | Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Inequality and Stratification | Women's Studies

 

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