10 January 2013

Morocco: Benkirane, MPs Discuss Female Rights

MPs posed questions to Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane about women's rights at a meeting last month in Rabat.

Benkirane said at the December 24th event that in terms of access for women to decision-making posts, a first step has been taken through the adoption of the organic law on appointments to senior posts. According to Benkirane, this underlines the need to obey the principles of gender equality and equal opportunities, non-discrimination and parity.

This access will be introduced gradually, he said. The latest round of appointments of governors and walis was limited and will be followed by another, which will take women's abilities into account, he added.

The prime minister promised to make adjustments through a plan called "Ikram", which has been drawn up by the Ministry of Solidarity, Women and Social Development.

The aim is to mainstream equality, tackle all forms of discrimination and violence and promote the political, economic and social representation of women.

Several draft laws are expected to be drawn up. For instance, Benkirane pledged to repeal a legal provision with regard to marriages between rapists and their victims. A draft law banning the employment of child maids will soon enter the legislative pipeline, the prime minister added.

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