Policewoman directing traffic at an intersection of Marrakech. Various public and social responsibility positions in the country have seen a rise in women's participation. Although there has been an increase in this direction, it remains high youth unemployment (9.9%, of which 27.2% women) in Morocco, especially among the higher educated young people.
The history of women in Morocco encases the realities daughters of female participation and inclusion in social and economic processes, supported by the young King Mohammed VI policy. Independent since 1956, Morocco has been a land of strong internal changes expressed mainly in so- called “Arabian Springs” of 2011.
Although gender equality is still far, the feminine universe has consolidated his rise in the public and politic life of the country. In 2004, with the change of Mudawana (the code of family right), the former French protectorate, has taken a key step toward to a greater expression of women in Moroccan society. This socio / cultural process, began with the increase in the minimum age for marriage at eighteen, the abolition of marital authority and the right to have separation of property for spouses.
The new institutional and legal provision’s goal is to promote the status of women; allowing them to be more present in the Parliamentary institution through the opportunity to apply to municipal and legislative elections.
Marrakech, one of the largest cities in the country, still has places full of poverty and deep-rooted prostitution. This condition, which coexists with the emancipation supported by those women who actively participate in this progress. Numerous associations in the area provide space and cultural activities to cultivate ideas and awareness of being woman.
The photographs were taken in Marrakech, in May of 2016.
About the authors:
Born in 1988, Michele Cirillo is a photojournalist and professor of photography in Rome interested in the use of photography as a tool to tell stories from around the world. He traveled in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Tanzania, Kurdistan, Turkey, Bosnia and PalesHne to document different cultures, ethnic group, and geopolitcal reality.
Martina Martelloni was born in Rome in the summer of 1989, departure city to any other trip. Several stays abroad, both for study and work. A master’s degree in International Relations and an postgraduate Master in Geopolitics feed the curiosity and desire to learn about different realities, told in both arHcles and with camera and microphone. Currently, she works as a video reporter for the news, in her free Hme, she tries to leave and find new stories.