Opposition Parties to Stage March Against Benkirane on Womens Day

Rabat- Moroccan opposition and feminist groups will take to the streets on March 8th to protest what they describe as “the government’s lack of will to implement the provisions of the constitution on gender equality.” In response to a call launched by Le Collectif Parite et Democratie (the Parity and Democracy Collective), a group that brings together political figures and other figures from the Moroccan feminist movement, women activists, civil society and opposition groups will organize a national march next Sunday (March 8th) which coincides with the Women’s International Day, Aujourd’hui Le Maroc newspaper reported.Supported by political opposition groups, namely Al Istiqlal Party, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), the protestors are demanding equality between men and women in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres. They are also “pushing for the inclusion of gender equality in the agenda of political reforms with all the active players in the field,” the French-speaking newspaper added. The same source added that the organizing committee of the march took place in the headquarters of the Istiqlal party in the capital Rabat. The committee consisted of Faouzia Assoulli, President of the Federation of the Democratic League for Women’s Rights, Yasmina Baddou, politician and former Health Minister in the cabinet of Abbas El Fassi, Hanane Rihab (USFP), Khadija Rouissi (PAM) and secular activist Mohamed Assid.

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