Morocco: Programme for the fight against gender-based violence through the empowerment of women and girls in Morocco
This Joint Programme was conceived to prevent all forms of gender-based violence by addressing the linkages between the state of poverty of Morocco's women and girls and their vulnerability.
It was implemented through two strategies: the mainstreaming of gender issues in national policies, and the application of gender-sensitive policies in six regions through the establishment of multisectoral referral systems for the women and girls.
The programme focused on gender-sensitive planning, programming and budgeting processes, and the promotion of a culture of equality for the transformation of gender relations. The programme supported Morocco’s efforts in the promotion of the human rights of women and girls and fell within the scope of The National Initiative for Human Development (NIHD).
This Joint Programme was launched in May 2008 and was closed in June 2012.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Proposed amendment to the Criminal Law, and bills on domestic work and domestic violence submitted to government. Gender Report 2011 developed. Several government departments have integrated budgetary reforms including gender sensitivity. Support provided to create networks of elected female officials.
- Study comparing national criminal laws and international standards for the protection of children and women completed. National survey on prevalence of violence against women conducted. Systems for collecting and analysing data on gender-based violence, care of abused women and empowerment of women and girls in place.
- Reference Guide on standards for the care of female victims of violence has been published and widely circulated to the Department of Justice, the police and Royal Guard. Training provided to NGOs on listening techniques, legal violence, social violence and emotional abuse and support provided to counseling centers. Development begun of a Programme of Action for the Protection of Children, particularly girls. Support provided to income-generating women’s cooperatives.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period