Publication: Gender Based Violence in Morocco

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Publication: Gender Based Violence in Morocco

If you wish to cite this report please use: “Gender based violence in Morocco”, Rajaa Essaghyry & Mouad Meziaty, under the direction of Dounia Benslimane, Aadel Essaadani, and Dr. Mariangela Palladino, published as part of the Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) Network, December 2020″. 


In Morocco – where Racines aisbl is project partner for CUSP, the work focuses mainly on women as leaders for social change, education and transmission of knowledge. The focus for the Morocco work package will be placed on artistic practices of women in Morocco and the role arts, culture and intangible heritage play in conflict transformation.

The main objectives of this study are:

• To illustrate the various forms of GBV that exist in Morocco as well as ways in which they are dealt with by the key actors in the fight against GBV.

• To enrich the current documentation on GBV in Morocco.

• To orient future advocacy actions towards the less evoked forms of violence and intervention axes that have for long been ignored.

• To create a network that allows exchange and cooperation between the different actors that operate on GBV in Morocco.

Gender based violence (GBV) is one of the categories of violation of human rights that is most widespread in the world. It is not specific neither to a society, nor to a culture nor a specific political or economic system. It is essentially dominant in patriarchal societies and power structures that are dominated by men who perpetrate violence against women, children and LGBTQIA+ people. This problem manifests at multiple levels: societal, economic, education, development, public health, etc.

Credit: Rajae Hammadi & Racines aisbl

Influenced by social and cultural environments of a given region as well as the national and international political context, GBV results from the interaction between a variety of factors such as patriarchy, capitalism, racism or colonialism. For the purpose of this study, we align with specific definitions and categorizations in order to better understand who does what and how do the various actors address this phenomenon.

You can find out more about Racines and their work via their website.

The Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) via the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the UK Governments Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

CUSP Grant Scheme Briefing Session

Online Event

Join us for our CUSP Grant Scheme Briefing Session

15th July 2021 | 14:00 - 15:00 (UK time)

This session will be led by CUSP Academic Co-Ordinator Maria Grazia Imperiale and CUSP Project Administrator Jennifer McArthur.

We will go over :

  • the application form
  • the application process
  • the administrative processes if your application is successful
  • research ethics
  • safeguarding

There will be a Q&A at the end of the session where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.

This event will take place over zoom, please register to attend and the link to join will be sent in your Eventbrite confirmation email.

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    14:00 – Introduction to the CUSP Grant Scheme

    14:10 – Application form explained

    14:25 – Administrative processes

    14:35 – Research ethics & safeguarding

    14:50 – Q&A

    15:00 – Thanks & End

    The Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace is funded via UK Research and Innovation as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

    Conflict Transformation Workshop - Loch Tay Retreat

    Loch Tay Winter Retreat

    Back in a snowy February 2020 a group of young people from Ignite Theatre Group spent three days at Loch Tay, Scotland.

    The focus of the retreat was to examine issues around conflict transformation and how the arts can help survivors cope with past traumas. The retreat centred around four different workshops, each looking at a different element of the arts: Words, Music, Adinkra and Improvisation.

    The retreat was documented by photographer Robin Mitchell. Robin’s photographs have been turned into a video (below) and the music that features was composed by the young people of Ignite at Loch Tay.

    Please click on the video to view.

    Arts Workshops

    Words workshop. Credit: Robin Mitchell
    Cerdit: Robin Mitchell
    Adrinka symbols. Credit: Robin Mitchell
    Drums. Credit Robin Mitchell.


    The Words workshop encouraged small groups to identify a theme that resonated with them. The team then weaved these themes together to create a story.

    Hosted by Giovanna Fassetta (CUSP DA Principal Investigator) and Tawona Sithole (UNESCO RILA Artist in Residence) this session encouraged participants to actively listen and communicate with each other.


    Hosted by Gameli Todzro (UNESCO RILA Artist in Residence) the group explored African drumming and the Kora and were encouraged to find confidence through elements of music such as rhythm.

    The group were set musical tasks that will help them to deal with conflict in the future.


    Lead by Naa Densua Todzro (UNESCO RILA Researcher & Artist) the group used Adinkra symbols to celebrate their journey so far.

    Adinkra symbols are from the west coast of Africa, particularly Ghana where they have great significance and are widely used throughout Ghanaian society.


    Using what they had learned during the retreat’s workshops their own lived experiences the group began to process past traumatic events.

    This exercise led to “Papercuts”, which was Ignite’s last show before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Photo Gallery

    All photo credits: Robin Mitchell

    The Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) via the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the UK Governments Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).