Women’s World

As the trip goes on we delve deeper into the issues specifically dealing with women here in Morocco as well as move toward the focal point of the trip: maternal and infant health. Yesterday we had a female instructor in Darija who taught us all about women’s health in Islam and then we visited Aicha Channa and Solidarite Feminine, an organization that supports and advocates for unwed mothers and their children. Then this afternoon, Stephanie Bordat, an international human rights lawyer, came to speak to us. It was an extremely extremely interesting lecture about women’s legal rights in Morocco. She swiftly laid out the issues for us and did a wonderful job explaining everything and how it all intertwines. A lot of what she had to say was unbelievable and hard to hear. I found it really interesting to compare the legal status of women here in Morocco to the United States. Laws for marriage, grounds for divorce, and legislation for violence against women are all so very different in the U.S. It was incredible to learn about the obstacles women face in dealing with situations that we take for granted back home. I am really interested to hear Stephanie speak again and to explore this material further.

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