Violence against Women Hinders Development, Says Minister

Rabat – Violence against women has an economic and social cost that hinders development in Morocco, minister of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family, Jamila Moussali, said Thursday in Rabat.

Speaking at the closing conference of the 17th national campaign to fight violence against women, Moussali said that society cannot expect “a woman victim of violence to be a productive and stable citizen”, stressing that the fight against violence aims to strengthen and promote women’s capacity for engagement.

The development process in Morocco needs citizens who fully enjoy their fundamental rights, she said, adding that achieving effective development requires the balanced participation of women.

The minister also highlighted the importance of young people as a partner in the fight violence against women, as they represent the most affected category by the phenomenon.

Indeed, according to the second national research on violence against women, victims are often young women and attackers are young too, she pointed out.

The minister shed light on the progress made in the area of women’s empowerment which has affected several fields, in particular the legislative field.

This campaign, which kicked off on November 25, 2019, is the result of a partnership between several departments, including the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Source: MAP Marocaine press