A guide for action on violence against women in Morocco

The guide presents, in its first section entitled “Understanding”, the concepts and statistics linked to violence against women. It draws up an initiatory portrait to raise the reader’s awareness of the scope of this phenomenon in Morocco.

The second section, ” Action “, provides an overview of legal mechanisms in response to violence perpetrated on women in Morocco.

The guide presents, in its first section entitled “Understanding”, the concepts and statistics linked to violence against women. It draws up an initiatory portrait to raise the reader’s awareness of the scope of this phenomenon in Morocco.

The second section, ” Action “, provides an overview of legal mechanisms in response to violence perpetrated on women in Morocco. It also includes actions and support for women (sorority circles, self-defense groups…) that restore to women the strength and the dignity of which they have often been dispossessed of.

Author: Aida Kheireddine

This guide is produced as part of the project ‘Culture for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace’

Culture for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace is a network that aims to strengthen arts and cultural institutions in low- and middle-income countries so that they can become a reference point for the identification and transformation of social conflicts while ensuring the equal participation of women and girls in this process.

Documentary film “Dert BOOM”

This film is produced as part of the project ‘Culture for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace’

Moroccan women free their voices in forum theater workshops. Together, they dissect patriarchy, laugh at its absurdity, talk about their desire for freedom, their dreams and their aspirations. Brimming with emancipatory fervor, their life stories are a rallying cry against insidious patriarchy.

In a country (Morocco) divided between conservatism and modernity, their emancipation is the catalyst for the fight against patriarchy, domination and alienation. Women lead their tireless fight with resilience, smiles and determination.

What was the trigger for each of them? How do they circumvent patriarchal rules? How do they face the resistance of those around them?

Link to watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/806284326?share=copy

The official release date will be announced soon.
Stay tuned !

Culture for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace is a network that aims to strengthen arts and cultural institutions in low- and middle-income countries so that they can become a reference point for the identification and transformation of social conflicts while ensuring the equal participation of women and girls in this process.

Study: Moroccan migration policy ‘between European pressures and Moroccan blackmail’

The study presents an assessment of the National Immigration and Asylum Strategy (NISA) in Morocco, providing a migration profile in the country, including key indicators related to the presence of migrants. The study also provides an assessment of the implementation of the SNIA, highlighting its promises and limitations.

Finally, it makes a series of recommendations for the various stakeholders involved in this issue: Moroccan and European authorities, Moroccan civil society, international organizations, researchers, and the media. 

Author: Salaheddine Lemaizi

This study was carried out as part of the MADAR project  ‘Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights’

MADAR project  ‘Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights’ aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable displaced people in the context of conflict in the central Maghreb region, in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. MADAR aims to facilitate research collaborations and support projects that draw on the regional expertise of British and Maghreban researchers working in the arts, humanities, and social and political sciences.

 

Documentary film “Boza!”

This film is produced by Racines Aisbl as part of the MADAR project ‘Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights‘.

Synopsis :
Barnes, Joel and Abdou leave their respective countries, pursuing a dignified life.
On the road, they realize that their adventure to the European “Eldorado” was not so simple. Meanwhile, they find themselves facing unexpected events.

Fear, rejection, hope and resilience.. Multiple faces of the migratory adventure !

Link to watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/946667371

The official release date will be announced soon.
Stay tuned !

MADAR ‘Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights’ aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable displaced people in the context of conflict in the central Maghreb region, in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
MADAR aims to facilitate research collaborations and support projects that draw on the regional expertise of British and Maghrebian researchers working in the arts, humanities, and social and political sciences.

 

Publication: Women’s stories of resistance to violence in Morocco

During the first phase of the CUSP project, Racines Aisbl organised forum theatre workshops in three regions of Morocco.

Each of these workshops brought together about twenty participants.

The methodology of forum theatre was chosen to collect testimonies (life stories) from the participating women, notably on their perception and definition of violence, on the difficulties they face on a daily basis, on the origins of violence and on the mechanisms of resistance to this insidious violence in Morocco.

The publication examines the nature and scope of individual resistance to insidious violence by Moroccan women. We will use the method of narrative analysis as a form of qualitative research to understand women experiencing violence, to determine the processes by which these women manage to emancipate themselves and resist the insidious violence inflicted on them by society through its different institutions (family, school, public space, workplace, …) and the consequences of their resistance and emancipation.

We seek to better understand individual struggles and resistances against violence, to generate meaning and to understand how women give meaning to their lives and their struggles.

Culture for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace is a network that aims to strengthen arts and cultural institutions in low- and middle-income countries so that they can become a reference point for the identification and transformation of social conflicts while ensuring the equal participation of women and girls in this process.

 

Racines Carrées – Launch of the incubation of the class of 2023

Following the call for applications to join the 2023 promotion of the incubator, Racines Aisbl has pre-selected 22 artistic projects (music, circus, theatre, cinema, photography, plastic arts, sound and audiovisual creation, etc.) from Casablanca, Témara, Agadir, Rabat, Salé, Tinghir, Al Hoceïma and Kenitra.

This pre-selection concerns the first “pre-test” incubation phase, which starts from 9 January to 3 April 2023. 

 

The project leaders will follow a one-week generic training course, a personalised accompaniment and will benefit from the common work space and the documentation centre

of Racines Carrées.

Racines Carrées : Call for Applications – 2022/2023

Do you have a cultural project?
Do you need personalized support to refine it and make it viable?
Do you want to improve your skills in developing and managing a cultural project?
Are you looking to expand your network and discover other experiences?
Do you need a pleasant work space that provides you with documentary resources and a team of professionals to accompany you?
Is your project part of a public-oriented approach?
This call is for you!
 

WHAT IS RACINES CARREES? 
Racines Carrées is an incubator dedicated to cultural structures in Morocco.
Racines Carrées offers, during 12 months, various services to its future incubates:

  • A personalized accompaniment of each project, with monthly work sessions

  • Six training sessions on the following themes: methodology of elaboration of a cultural project, management and budget, communication and relationship with the public, law of organizations, cultural projects and human rights

  • Artistic, administrative and technical mentoring by Moroccan and foreign cultural professionals

  • Immersion courses with international partners

  • Access to a rich documentary resource center

Racines Carrées also supports artistic and cultural activities of popular education, carried out by the incubates, targeted for the public at large, according to a defined schedule of conditions. A festival/market at the end of the incubation cycle will be organized in the presence of producers, investors, financial backers and potential partners, thus allowing the incubates to show their creations and make their projects known to the public and professionals. In addition, incubates who wish to do so can have access to a workspace, within the limits of available spaces, for 12 months, and after the end of their incubation period. 

 

HOW DOES THE INCUBATION PROCESS WORK? 

Phase 1: call for applications (see conditions below)

Phase 2: pre-selection of applications

Phase 3: pre-test period (3 months), including :

– a preliminary generic group training,

– personalized work sessions

– an evaluation by an entry committee composed of national and international experts for the final selection of projects

Phase 4: incubation period (9 months), including :

– 5 collective training sessions of 5 days each

– A personalized accompaniment of the projects

– A one-week immersion course

– Access to the documentation center

– The organization of popular education activities by the incubatees

Phase 5: evaluation of the projects by an exit committee and delivery of a training certificate

Phase 6: participation in the festival/market at the end of the incubation cycle

WHO CAN APPLY? 

To be eligible for this call for applications, you must be the bearer of an artistic project, existing or in the process of being implemented.

Are eligible :

  • Structures (legally constituted or informal):

  • Cultural or artistic associations

  • Artistic companies (music, theater, dance, street arts, circus, etc.)

  • Companies (production, distribution, training, etc.)

  • Collectives

Individuals:

  • Self-employed entrepreneurs (or equivalent)

  • Independent cultural actors

  • Freelancers

The selection criteria of the projects will be essentially linked to :

– The nature of the projects and missions formulated by the candidates,

– Their objectives (projects aimed at a defined public, to participate in social change)

– The values promoted by the structures/individuals (cultural democracy, democratization of culture, development through arts and culture…).
Projects with a purely commercial dimension are not eligible.

HOW TO APPLY? 

Applications can be sent through the following form: 

– Application form in French : https://forms.gle/gyZx3rs7GnZvvemP6

– Application form in English : https://forms.gle/PCL15ZMKenR7Jx6F6

– Application form in Arabic : https://forms.gle/MoYe6MNMXTFgrUkQ9

 

DEADLINES 
Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2022 at midnight (Casablanca time).
Shortlisted candidates will be notified on December 2, 2022.

NB 1: Candidates selected for the pre-test phase and then for the incubation phase will have to sign a commitment contract, the terms of which will be discussed later, and respect the schedule of activities that will be established at each phase.

NB 2: The services offered by Square Roots are free of charge. The travel, food and accommodation expenses of the selected incubates coming from other cities will be taken in charge. 

Racines Carrées” is supported by Racines Aisbl and the DROSOS Foundation

 

Racines Carrées – End of incubation – 2021/2022

After 9 months of incubation at Racines Carrées, a final jury took place on September 7th. On that day, 8 incubated projects presented their final project frameworks:

  • Kloona, led by Maha El Boukhari (Casablanca)
  • Khfif Drif, led by Hary Moumen (Casablanca)
  • Ciné-jeunes, led by Marouane Zraidi and Khalid Akil ( Lqliaa )
  • interrupted Signals, led by Chahine Fellahi and Kais Aiouch (Casablanca)
  • Chnou Lmouchkil, led by Oumaima Maarouf and Khaoula Shatt ( Tetouan )
  • The colors of women, led by Oumaima Asri and Hanane Kabani (Mohammadia)
  • Masra7 Al2a7ya2, led by Anouar Labiad and Mohamed Baliach (Al Hoceima)
  • Mouja, led by Rabie Fadil (Kenitra)

The purpose of this jury was to have final feedback and to evaluate the evolution of the projects following the incubation period. 

In order to have a 360° overview of the projects, the jury was composed of a funder, a practitioner and a cultural engineer:

  • Claudine Dussollier
    Cultural engineer, member of Transverscité , editorial adviser and director at Second Era and L’Entretemps editions.
  • Farah Fawzi
    Project manager with a long experience in the non-profit sector in Morocco since 2008 within the British Council, more specifically in the arts and creative industries. Consultant in the design and implementation of large-scale programs. Fund manager focused on developing the arts sector in Morocco and the UK in 2021-22.
  • Sabrina Kamili 
    Entrepreneur, co-founder of K&Co and the “4S” association, consultant and trainer.

 

Racines Carrées – End of incubation – 2021/2022

After 9 months of incubation at Racines Carrées, a final jury took place on September 7th. On that day, 8 incubated projects presented their final project frameworks:

  • Kloona, led by Maha El Boukhari (Casablanca)
  • Khfif Drif, led by Hary Moumen (Casablanca)
  • Ciné-jeunes, led by Marouane Zraidi and Khalid Akil ( Lqliaa )
  • interrupted Signals, led by Chahine Fellahi and Kais Aiouch (Casablanca)
  • Chnou Lmouchkil, led by Oumaima Maarouf and Khaoula Shatt ( Tetouan )
  • The colors of women, led by Oumaima Asri and Hanane Kabani (Mohammadia)
  • Masra7 Al2a7ya2, led by Anouar Labiad and Mohamed Baliach (Al Hoceima)
  • Mouja, led by Rabie Fadil (Kenitra)

The purpose of this jury was to have final feedback and to evaluate the evolution of the projects following the incubation period. 

In order to have a 360° overview of the projects, the jury was composed of a funder, a practitioner and a cultural engineer:

  • Claudine Dussollier
    Cultural engineer, member of Transverscité , editorial adviser and director at Second Era and L’Entretemps editions.
  • Farah Fawzi
    Project manager with a long experience in the non-profit sector in Morocco since 2008 within the British Council, more specifically in the arts and creative industries. Consultant in the design and implementation of large-scale programs. Fund manager focused on developing the arts sector in Morocco and the UK in 2021-22.
  • Sabrina Kamili 
    Entrepreneur, co-founder of K&Co and the “4S” association, consultant and trainer.