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Workshop on the role of parliamentarians in the fight against violence against women

The Chamber of Representatives of the Parliament of Morocco and the PACE have organised a workshop on the role of parliamentarians in the fight against violence against women, on 5 December at the headquarters of the Parliament in Rabat, within the framework of the joint program “Support to the national mechanism for the prevention of torture in Morocco and to the development of the role of Parliament in the consolidation of democracy in Morocco 2020-2023”, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

The event gathered parliamentarians, members of the Committee on Justice, Legislation and Human Rights and other committees of the Moroccan Parliament, members of PACE and the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence, national and international experts, the representative of the European Union in Morocco and the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Morocco.

The participants have mainly exchanged on the international standards and the work of the Council of Europe in the field of violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention as well as on the progress and commitments of Morocco in this field regarding the empowerment of women and the guarantee of their rights.

The principle of equality between men and women in Morocco was enshrined in the 2011 Constitution. Law No. 103.13 then came into force in September 2018 and was incorporated into the Moroccan Penal Code; it mainly aims to provide legal protection to women victims of violence. Furthermore, the New Development Model emphasises the importance of ensuring zero tolerance for all forms of violence and discrimination against women.