The position of women in Morocco is reflective of a society that has gone through many phases of change throughout its history but that has kept its basic patriarchal structure mostly intact. Although the legal framework has evolved in a way to better account for gender equality, cultural practices are still lagging behind. There is still a huge gap between laws and policies aiming at promoting women’s equality on the one hand and cultural practices that inform both the public and private spheres on the other. This is mainly due to structural inequalities that are not generally accounted for by policies. Sometimes even, these inequalities implicitly inform laws and policies. The present policy brief aims at analyzing the major forms of women’s discrimination in Morocco, how they have been tackled or not by policies, how they are the direct result and reflection of deeper structural inequalities, and how the latter could be taken into account for better informed policies.
By Souad Adnane