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).