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21st edition of the Gnaoua Festival: Human rights forum to debate about equality

Written by FDM

From June 21 to 23, 2018, the Gnaoua and World Music Festival of Essaouira returns for a 21st edition. As every year the festival will be punctuated by ryhthmic sounds, fusions, eclectic programming and a human rights forum that will take up “the imperative of equality” as a topic.

For the seventh year in a row, the Human Rights Forum puts a strong case on the table: ” the imperative of equality “. This theme was chosen for the 21st edition of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival. Organized in partnership with the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) on June 22 and 23, it will count on the presence of experts, academics, researchers and human rights activists from here and elsewhere, who will debate together on four major issues, namely ” equality, discrimination, parity: notions, consequences”, “indisputable advances, persistent discrimination”, “a society on the move: initiatives for women’s rights ” and finally “the ways of reform”.

Since the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, which enshrined equality and the fight against women’s discrimination, several laws have been adopted, as recalled by the organizers of the festival in a statement. On the other hand, the real progress recorded in the internal legal order “does not unfortunately translate into the daily lives of women, especially those most vulnerable to poverty and exclusion.”

In recent years, passionate debates have returned to the forefront such as public harassment and violence against women, the right of women to end an unwanted pregnancy, or freedom of dress. Considered, in the recent past, as taboo, the claim of the equality in inheritance within the framework of a global and deep recasting of the Family Code and in accordance with the constitution and the international engagements of Morocco, is now part of the public debate, the organizers add on their website.

Women are indeed at the heart of the news. The stakes and challenges are high, and the Forum intends to campaign for this “imperative of equality”.

The program of this 21st edition is to be found on: