Morocco

Morocco Just Made Violence Against Women Illegal

But activists say it doesn’t go far enough.

Moroccan women by Eugene Delacroix

Five years after lawmakers in Morocco first introduced a measure to prohibit violence against women, the country’s parliament voted Wednesday to make women’s safety the law of the land.

Activists have long rallied for Morocco to formally recognize women’s right to safety by drafting laws that protect women and punish abusers and Members of Parliament responded by passing the bill with a two-thirds vote.

The new law will criminalize “acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment” of women in the country.” It also criminalizes cyber harassment and forced marriage, Al Arabiya reports.

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