LYSISTRATA: Reinforcing the role of women in the public space in Morocco


The Lysistrata project: reinforcing the role of women in the public space in Morocco, aims to improve the effective exercise of the right to political participation of women as right holders in Morocco. Its goal is to strengthen equal opportunities for men and women in civil society organizations, trade unions and political parties, through the implementation of strategies to ensure the inclusion of women in the decision-making bodies and the staff of these structures.

Since 2011, Morocco is undergoing a political and socio-economic transformation, illustrated by the adoption of a new constitution that enshrines gender equality in the exercise of civic, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and freedoms.However, six years later the country is still ranked 133th out of a total of 142 countries in the 2014 Gender Gap Report (an index measuring inequality between men and women in the world), well below the totality of Maghreb countries and the majority of Arab countries -with the exception of Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

With an expected duration of 8 months, the LYSISTRATA project has set itself the following results:

1. Strengthening awareness of the causes and conditions of discrimination against women in Morocco within civil society organizations, trade unions and political parties

2. Strengthen the capacities of future leaders in order to promote their integration into decision-making bodies and staff of civil society organizations, trade unions and political parties

3. Reform the internal codes and regulations of trade unions, parties and NGOs to promote gender equality

Partners: Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC), Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH)

Funder: Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD) and with the participation of the SOCla Generalitat de Catalunya, del Fondo Social Europeo, de la Iniciativa de Empleo Juvenil y la Unión Europea.  

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