Peru: Highlighting Morocco's experience in terms of women's participation in political life

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 6:38 pm Lima – The Moroccan experience in the field of the promotion of the participation of women in political life was highlighted during an international forum organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom in Lima and the Peruvian network “politics is a woman’s business”. During the opening session of the 1st forum on “The empowerment of women and their participation in political life”, recently organized by videoconference, the Moroccan ambassador to Peru, Amin Chaoudri, indicated that the meeting aims to exchange experiences and ideas to develop proposals to meet the challenge of promoting women’s economic empowerment and participation in political affairs. The diplomat added that this approach is part of the respect for women’s rights and the principle of equality, as well as the construction of new bridges of cooperation in the matter, stressing that the status of Moroccan women has known, over the last decades, a great evolution at the social, economic and political levels, which made it possible to achieve the objectives of sustainable development. Mr. Chaoudri recalled that the Kingdom has launched, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, many initiatives, including the family code, to improve the conditions of women, which illustrates the Morocco’s commitment to enshrine the principle of equal rights between women and men. Morocco, he continued, is committed, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals and in terms of universal primary education, to eliminate the gaps and disparities between the sexes at all levels of the world. education, as well as to promote equal opportunities, noting that the number of girls who are in school today compared to past years confirms “a remarkable change in this area”. In this wake, the Moroccan ambassador in Lima cited the constitutional consecration of the principle of equality between men and women, the creation of a joint committee, the fight against all forms of discrimination and the ratification of numerous agreements. international agreements related to the protection of women’s rights, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Mr. Chaoudri noted that Morocco is also working to strengthen the presence of women in decision-making positions, noting that the Kingdom continues to promote the economic empowerment of women and support their participation in political life. The Kingdom, a member of the Andean Community, shares with Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia the same values ​​and principles in the field of the economic empowerment of women and the strengthening of their presence in all fields, has he explained. For her part, the head of the thematic working group in charge of equality and parity in the House of Representatives, Fatima-Ezzahra Nazih, affirmed that the promotion of women’s rights and the culture of equality is a choice which concerns all fringes of Moroccan society, government, political parties and civil society, highlighting the efforts made by Morocco to improve the political representation of women. Ms. Nazih specified that the number of women parliamentarians in Morocco increased from 2 in 1993 to 81 in 2016 out of a total of 395 deputies, noting that since the legislative elections of 2002, the quota system has been adopted on the basis of a national list devoted to women, a mechanism intended to guarantee a minimum level of representation of women in the legislative institution. In turn, MP Khadija Al-Zayani assured that Morocco’s rich experience in the field of women’s participation in political life, in this case in Parliament, is part of the efforts made in accordance with the guidelines of HM the King in the field of equality and parity. Ms. Al Zayani observed that women parliamentarians have demonstrated competence and effective participation in discussions on legislative issues, in the evaluation of public policies and in parliamentary diplomacy. Morocco’s adherence to international agreements relating to gender equality reflects the societal dynamism and the Kingdom’s desire to promote the economic empowerment of women and their participation in various areas of daily life, she said. The first edition of the forum was marked by the participation of women parliamentarians and human rights activists from Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, who shed light on the situation of women in their respective countries, as well as that the efforts and challenges that are still on the agenda to advance women’s rights and strengthen their presence in various fields.