A gender promotion training cycle launched in Rabat

The training cycle in gender-sensitive local planning and gender mainstreaming in urban policy projects was launched on Monday in Rabat, during a ceremony held in the presence of several ministerial officials, local actors and members of civil society.

Organized on the initiative of the General Directorate of Territorial Communities (DGCT) under the Ministry of the Interior, the Department of Urban Policy under the Ministry of National Territorial Planning, Urban Planning, housing and urban policy and UN-Women, this training cycle aims, among other things, to deepen the knowledge of local executives and elected officials in terms of gender-sensitive governance and local planning.

On this occasion, the Wali Director General of Territorial Communities, Mr. Khalid Safir, noted that this training cycle comes within the framework of the agreements signed between the DGCT and UN-Women, in 2014, 2017 and 2021, with a view to to support the process of institutionalizing gender equality within management, while strengthening the participation of women in the management of territorial affairs.

This training cycle is also part of the multisectoral cooperation for gender-sensitive urban development, as provided for in the memorandum of understanding signed in March 2021 and relating to the integration of the gender aspect in projects. of city policy by the DGCT, the city policy directorate and UN-Women.

Addressing the production of the methodological guide for drawing up gender-sensitive regional development programs and the reference guide for planning urban public spaces that are more accessible to women and girls, Mr. Safir indicated that these documents, which are intended for elected officials as well as the technical teams of the regions of the Kingdom, aim in particular to raise the awareness of all the stakeholders involved in the implementation of regional development programs.

Furthermore, the official underlined the importance of putting in place a city policy capable of meeting the needs of women and girls and promoting their integration in public spaces.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Secretary General of the Department of Housing and Urban Policy, Majida El Ouardirhi, the Minister of National Territorial Development, Urban Planning, Housing and the policy of the city Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri highlighted the importance of equality and parity between men and women in Morocco, highlighting article 19 of the Constitution of the Kingdom, which stipulates in particular that “men and women shall enjoy, on an equal footing, the rights and freedoms of a civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental nature, set out in this title and in the other provisions of the Constitution, as well as in the conventions and international pacts duly ratified by the Kingdom and this, in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, constants and laws of the Kingdom” and that “the Moroccan State works to achieve parity between men and women”.

In this sense, she reviewed the Kingdom’s notable progress in terms of respect for human rights and the promotion of women’s rights, in accordance with the High Directives of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

In this regard, the government official recalled the recent approval of draft decree No. 2.22.194 establishing the National Committee for Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women, which is part of the interest granted by the government on women’s issues, in line with its government program 2021-2026, more specifically, the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women in various fields.

It is essential to further strengthen the sense of security of women and girls in public and urban spaces, she said, noting the need to develop mentalities and raise awareness among the population on the importance of respecting the rights of children. women in Morocco.

For her part, the representative of UN-Women in Morocco Leila Rhiwi indicated that cities around the world are facing the challenge of rapid urbanization, stressing that this phenomenon, which brings opportunities, is also a factor of inequality for vulnerable categories.

Ms. Rhiwi affirmed the need to work to take into account the specific needs of women and girls in the planning of projects and more specifically urban projects.

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