MOROCCO – A project launched to end violence against women

 Over 70 non-governmental organizations, with the support of Amnesty International and co-funded by the EU, launched a project on Wednesday in the Moroccan capital to fight violence against women, inequality and discrimination of all kinds. The campaign No Tolerance for Violence against Women is conducted by the group La Force des Femmes with support from the Italian NGO Progetto Mondo Mlal. The work done by the NGO in Morocco since 2007 serves as a basis for the project. The provinces involved will be Beni Mellal, Casablanca, Khouribga, Meknes and Rabat-Salé. At the end of the project, the committee will submit a memorandum to the head of the Moroccan government, Abdelilah Benkirane, which will note that the 2011 Constitution adopted during the Arab uprisings of recent years calls on the State to ''work for women's equality''. The project's organizers noted that the memorandum will also include ''the issues of equality in workplace opportunities, in education, in the struggle against stereotypes. sexual violence, harassment and the protection of women in society''. The Rabat parliament has recently amended Article 475 of the Constitution, which allowed rapists to avoid jail by marrying their victims. This was seen as a first step in the direction of restoring dignity to women in the country, and came after the high-profile case of Amina Filal, a sixteen-year-old who killed herself to avoid having to marry her rapist. According to the latest figures, over six million women between the ages of 18 and 64 (out of a total of nine million) have suffered at least one act of violence in their lives.