Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Morocco's Fight for Human Rights

There has been an ongoing fight for human/civil rights in Morocco. Within that fight there has been several violations to simple living within their country.

For instance:

lYoung girls working as live-in servants in private homes are especially vulnerable to abuse, including sexual abuse, and frequently must work up to 100 hours a week without access to education or adequate food and medical care
lSource: http://hrw.org/englishwr2k8/docs/2008/01/31/morocc17617.htm
lWorking children in Morocco face a very high level of exposure to work hazards.
lEighty-four percent are involved in farm work and 85 percent work for their families and not for wages. This, however, is primarily a reflection of children’s work in rural areas, where almost all economically active children are involved in family agricultural work.
lSource: http://www.ucw-project.org/pdf/publications/report_morocco_draft.pdf

Another issue within Morocco:

lThe family law enacted in 2004 have raised the minimum age of marriage for women and men from fifteen to eighteen
lThe wife is no longer legally obliged to obey her husband
lThe right to divorce is a prerogative of both men and women, exercised under judicial supervision;
lThe principle of divorce by mutual consent is established.
Source: http://mondediplo.com/2004/04/02morocco

In short, the women and children of Morocco have next to no rights that the men have. Additionaly, they have seemed to continue to be the oppressed ones due to the lack of government involvment. At age 15, children shouldn't be getting married to men 30plus years of age. Sadly, their is not enough global involvement.

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