2017-22: Integrating women in political life and decision making processes in Morocco

The aim of the project “Integration of women in political life and in decision making processes” is to create a favorable environment for women to access the political arena. Furthermore, the aim is to shape the frames for women to influence the decision making.

Politics and FDLF: Facts about the project

Local partner: The Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues (FLDF).

Country: Morocco.

Thematic area: Equal Political Participation (EPP)

KVINFO and FLDF have another project together under theme of legal reform and distribution of resources (LRED)

The project is carried out by KVINFOs partner The Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues (FLDF) in Morocco.

Background

With the new Constitution of 2011, equality between women and men was constitutionalized in Morocco.

However, the revision and reforms of the legislation related to women’s political representation and participation in decision making processes have not advanced significantly.

The number of women elected at the municipal and regional elections in 2015 and the parliamentarian elections in 2016 increased to 22 percent and 21 percent respectively. This was partly due to quota systems. However, there is still some way to go for this increase in numbers also to reflect an increase in influence.

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Therefore it is necessary to persist with advocacy and awareness raising of the needs for legal reforms to enhance the participation at all levels of political decision making.

The aim is to embark on a revision and reform of the legislation concerning election, representation and participation in decision making processes.

FLFD has a long track record in working for integrating women in political life in Morocco both at parliament and local government levels.

In the present project, they work in six regions in the country: Rabat Region Salé Kenitra, Grand Casablanca Region, Tanger Region -Tétouan-Al Hoceima, Beni Region Mellal-Khénifra, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region and Souss-Massa Region.

Activities

FLDF addresses the challenge of political participation and influence from a variety of angles working with both elected women  enabling them to promote gender rights ; with young activists both men and women increasing their leadership capacity; potential political candidates , key decision making actors such as parliamentarians, ministers, political parties and other national institutions; and  finally awareness raising of the population at large.

In order to reach the overall goal of the project , FLDF works though a set of different  activities:

  • Capacity building: FDLF works to strengthen the skills such as leadership, campaigning, political discourse etc. and create awareness among potential women candidates, young people from political parties, women and men candidates – members of the solidarity women network and s with already elected politicians.
  • Awareness raising and mobilization: FLDF uses public awareness campaigns in cooperation with the members of the women’s solidarity network. Here they are using analysis and assessments of the present legislation on elections and women’s political participation as a basis for mobilization of the public and civil society. This is as in support of  demands for reforms concerning the present legislation.
  • Advocacy: they work to implement their advocacy strategy with regional and national decision-makers and with already elected politicians to ensure their support for a gender transformative agenda.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: FLFD’s aim is to ensure women’s participation in politics, and in the elections of 2021 they will monitor and evaluate the elections  according to their gender approach.