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Draft law on violence against women finally adopted!

Written by FDM

After months if not years of waiting, the draft law on violence against women has just been finally adopted by the Moroccan Parliament on Wednesday, February 14.

168 votes in favor, 55 against, no abstentions. The draft law 103.13 that condemns violence against women, carried by the minister Bassima Hakkaoui and which has been under discussion since 2013 is adopted for good. Affirmed the Minister of the Family Bassima Hakkaoui, in a Facebook post.

This law promised women protection against some forms of violence. It criminalizes for the first time “certain acts considered as forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill-treatment “, according to a note of her department.

Law 103.13 thus provides for severe sanctions against street harassment, which will be punishable by six months’ imprisonment, or a prison sentence of six to twelve months for anyone forcing the marriage of a minor girl. The minister said that the law is part of a process of “consolidating democracy and parity, in accordance with the constitution’s provisions aimed at combating all forms of discrimination based on sex”.

The text also mentions mechanisms that will take care of women victims of violence highlighting the important role played by civil society associations in this field. However, even if some associations salute the progress made by the law,  L’Association démocratique des femmes du Maroc (ADFM) can’t help but point out that the sections are still below international standards for the protection of the women’s right. The criminalization of marital rape, for example, which has been in demand for years, is still ignored as urged by the Mobilising for Rights Associates (MRA) in a statement.

Bassima Hakkaoui, nevertheless considers that the legal approach to combat the phenomenon of violence against women remains insufficient. She calls for greater efforts to promote rights, to devote democracy and to achieve parity and the values of justice.