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New petition, bill drive change in Morocco’s domestic violence law

by Imane Belhaj and Sarah Touahri

With a domestic violence bill currently under review by the government, Morocco continues to lead the Arab world in its defence of women’s rights. In addition, the Union of Women’s Action (UAF) organised forums across Casablanca on Saturday (January 17th) to raise public awareness of violence and to lobby local groups to protect victimised women.

“Our campaign hinges on our belief that elected councils must shoulder their full responsibility to prioritise the fight against violence,” said UAF President Aicha Lekhmas. “We are sorry that violence has become an everyday happening… communicated by mass media while local officials [don’t] even bat an eyelid.”

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Source: http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2009/01/22/feature-01


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