When looking at the present problems in Morocco, the country’s most challenging task is learning how to allocate its water usage. I’ve talked about this issue in several blog posts, but I feel that this issue is important enough to speak about more. The main reason for this is that I believe that water is life. Without water, there can’t be life. It’s a simple compound, but it is necessary for survival and future success.
This post is in response to the second question on this week’s assignment sheet, which addressed the implications in essentially forcing Muslim women in France to acquire the Western culture in their dress.
There are many problems within Morocco, and human trafficking is, sadly, one of them. Morocco serves as a transit country for sex trafficking, and there are millions of men and women of all ages who are trafficked (U.S. Department of State).
The country’s government has made strides to work toward ending human trafficking, but these actions have not made serious advancements (U.S. Department of State).
Women protestors in Morocco / Courtesy of Morocco World News
Being a woman in Morocco is different than being a woman in the U.S. In Morocco, abortions are illegal, even in cases of rape and incest. Abortions are only allowed when the mother’s physical health is in danger. Women in Morocco could not own property or get a divorce until January 2004 (Morocco). In 2014, the Moroccan government finally changed a law that originally allowed rapists to avoid prosecution if they married their victims (The Guardian). The change in law was caused by the suicide of 16-year-old Amina Filali, who committed the act after being forced to marry her rapist (The Guardian).
In her book The Crisis Caravan, author Linda Polman describes her trip to various countries that receive foreign aid. Throughout her experiences, she gives accounts of what she saw and the actions taken by the humanitarian groups that were inhabited within these countries.
There are a multitude of NGOs in Morocco, but one of the favorite ones that I found is called Education for All. The NGO strives to provide education for all young girls in Morocco. In this country, boys are the majority of students in schools, and many girls have difficulty gaining a college education (Education for All, UN).
The UN has an active role in Morocco, although it doesn’t have a strong presence in the country.
This might sound like it doesn’t make sense, but what I mean by that statement is that while there are multiple UN offices and posts in the country, they do not enforce laws or force (UNHCR).