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FLDF: Women’s rights decline during the Covid-19 pandemic

Written by FDM

In light of Moroccan National Women’s Day, October 10, the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues (FLDF) takes stock of women’s rights, particularly during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, Moroccan National Women’s Day coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrating “that women – who constitute half of society – fulfill their roles with courage and determination as the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues (FLDF) underlines in a statement.

But this year, female unemployment has reached 14% and wage inequalities 17%, not to mention the increase in precariousness with a loss or reduction in income. Another deterioration concerns the health of women. Referring to the study by the High Commission for Planning, “47.7% of families headed by women did not benefit from medical services compared to 37.9% of families headed by men”, added to this psychological impacts of Covid-19, a disparity in distance education and an increase in violence against women.

The FLDF notably recorded the increase in its frequency, in addition to the dangerous acts during the lockdown, and identified many legal, practical, and judicial gaps related to the care of abused women, their accommodation, and the establishment of a special health protocol in their favor.

Also, the FLDF calls for the harmonization and rehabilitation of social, economic, financial, and fiscal public policies in a participatory manner for the eradication of all forms of discrimination and violence against women or the global revision of the Family Code and the adoption of a modern penal system that conforms to the Constitution and international conventions on the human rights of women.