Morocco adopts law on violence against women

Hassima Hakkaoui, the minister of family affairs, women and solidarity hails a law to combat violence against women adopted by the Moroccan Parliament. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 14 February 2018

Morocco adopts law on violence against women

RABAT: The Moroccan parliament on Wednesday, after months of heated debate, adopted a law first drafted five years ago to combat violence against women.
“Thank God!” Bassima Hakkaoui, the minister of family affairs, women and solidarity, wrote on her Facebook page, after the law first drafted in 2013 was ratified by a vote of 112 for, 55 against and one abstention.
Her department said the law, for the first time in Morocco, criminalizes “acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment” of women.
Commentators on social media noted that the law finally passed on Saint Valentine’s Day.
In a society divided between conservative and progressive strands, violence against women, especially in public, is often highlighted in the media and by rights groups.
It became a hot issue last August after a video was posted on the Internet showing a young woman on a bus being sexually molested by a group of boys without the driver or other passengers reacting to her appeals for help.
Women’s organizations said the law passed on Wednesday did not go far enough.
It “makes no mention of the problem of marital rape,” pointed out a Moroccan association which campaigns for the protection of women.
More than 40 percent of women living in towns and aged between 18 and 64 who took part in a survey carried out by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning said they had been “victims of an act of violence at least once.”


Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

Egyptian police guard in front of the new government district in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt May 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 min 21 sec ago

Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

  • The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News

CIARO: The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs has launched Kallem Masr (Call Egypt), a mobile app to facilitate communication with citizens living abroad.
Nabila Makram, minister of immigration and Egyptian expatriates affairs, said the free app includes a monthly electronic magazine issued by the ministry in both Arabic and English.
The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News.
Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

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Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

Islam El-Souissi, an Egyptian community leader in Rome, praised the app, saying “all Egyptians living abroad are expressing their great happiness” about it.
But some Egyptians who visited the app’s page on Google Play said it is not available in some countries such as Sweden. Others complained that they had problems logging in.