Moroccan Women and Development.

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After the 1950s and with gaining independence, Morocco witnessed the emergence of many political, economic and social issues, this latter focused on the position of women in the Moroccan society. Though, many changes were made and some progress has been noticed, women were still regarded as second class citizens, and inferior to men, until the arrival of king Mohammed VI to power, and with the joint efforts of various feminist associations and political parties that serious changes and commitments were made.

In a certain time between the 1950s and 1960s women didn't even have the right to vote, and although the achievements and advancement that many women's rights campaigns have realized, women in the era prior to the 1990s were viewed only from the female side ignoring their intellectual and cultural sides, "Article 45, for instance considered her just as a thing or an object. Furthermore, she was sentenced to a permanent incapacity whatever her age and position were". Moreover, in a society in which men have the privilege to rule, it was impossible to recognize women's humanity, and the stereotypes of inferiority and incapacity had been taking control of all social practices. As a result of what I have mentioned previously,many feminist associations and political parties appeared to guarantee and defend women's rights in a country lusting justice, equality and development. Consequently, various changes were made upon the "Moudawana" articles in 1992 and 1993. As examples of what have been suggested in "the project of the national plan for women's inclusion in development", we ca cite : the rising of the legal age of marriage to 18 years old, the right to keep 50% of the assets and home possessions for the divorcee, we can also add the deletion of polygamy institution and the submissions of exceptional cases to the first wife acceptance or permission and the judge's evaluation etc... Despite the significant progress and improvements that have been remarked...
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