African NGOs launch a plea for the ratification of the Charter by Morocco

An African delegation is currently visiting Morocco, made up of NGOs, with the mission of launching an advocacy with the Kingdom aimed at starting discussions to encourage the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), adopted in July 2003 in Maputo (Mozambique) and entered into force in November 2005 after obtaining the required 15 ratifications.

Scheduled over four days, from November 1 to 4, the purpose of this visit is to meet several Moroccan officials, in particular the Minister of Solidarity, Aawatif Hayar, Amina Bouayach, President of the CNDH (National Council for Human Rights), parliamentary groups of the PPS (party of progress and socialism) or even the members of the office of the association Jossour FFM (Moroccan Women’s Forum), in order to publicize this protocol and the importance of its ratification and to launch the debate on the prospects for advocacy that can be carried out in Morocco.

This visit comes even as Morocco is in the midst of a reform of the Family Code, initiated by the King himself. Indeed, in his speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Throne Day, on July 30, King Mohammed VI called for a reform of the Family Code, so as to guarantee the rights of all, men and women.

The Family Code represented a real leap forward, now it is no longer enough as such. The experience has in fact brought to light certain obstacles which prevent the reform initiated from being perfected and the expected objectives from being achieved. “said the King.

What is the importance of this Maputo protocol, and why should Morocco ratify it, in particular to support the reform of the Family Code. Asked about this, Faiza Jama Mohamed, Director of the Africa office of Equality Now, stressed that Morocco is part of the African continent, noting that Africa wants to ensure that all countries on the continent adhere to the same standards of or the need for Morocco to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol).

“This protocol is not so different from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which Morocco adopted in 2015. By ratifying the Maputo Protocol, Morocco shows that he is also in favor of the treaties of the African Union (AU). And as a member of the AU, all African women would have the same standards”confided the activist to MoroccoLatestNews Fr.

Thus, Faiza Jama Mohamed, Director of the Africa office of Equality Now clarifies that the Maputo Protocol contains provisions which emphasize that any country which has laws intended for women will remain intact, noting that the Protocol is only a minimum set of rights required for a country.

Yesterday, Monday November 1, Faiza Jama Mohamed, met with our Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and the Family, Awarif Hayar, regarding the ratification of the Protocol by Morocco.

The Minister, who reviewed all the progress made by the Kingdom in the field of the protection of women’s rights, said ” have nothing against the Protocol in itself, but underlined that Morocco has a process for all that is ratification, and which begins at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.

Regarding the meeting scheduled for Friday, November 4 with the president of the CNDH, Amina Bouayach, the Director of the Africa office of Equality Now told MoroccoLatestNews UK that ” the main thing is to monitor how the country fulfills its obligations under the various treaties and under the law”from where ” the importance of meeting with the Council to encourage them to push the government to ratify the Protocol and to understand, through their point of view, how women’s rights are doing in Morocco”she argued.

Asked about the common problems experienced by African women on the continent, Faiza Jama Mohamed first points out that the continent has 55 countries, and that the context is different for many women.

But she did, however, raise several common issues that women face in Africa, particularly in 28 countries, such as domestic violence, genital mutilation, violence against women not only in the public space, but also in home, or the low political participation of women.

Previous Post Next Post