The Chamber of Representatives of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the University of Applied Administrative Sciences of Kehl organised from 15 to 17 May 2023 an information seminar under the title "Law evaluation by the parliamentary institution – the case of law 103.13 relating to the fight against violence against women” at the University of Kehl as well as a study visit to Strasbourg, at the “Solidarité Femmes 67” shelter for women victims of violence and at the Women's and Family Rights Information Center (CIDFF du Bas-Rhin).
The event was attended by parliamentarians, members of the Thematic Working Group in charge of the evaluation of Law 103.13 on violence against women in the House of Representatives, representatives of the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as well as international experts.
Participants exchanged on practices and methodologies concerning monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of laws, on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence also known as “The Istanbul Convention”. Furthermore, they also looked at the experience of the Bas-Rhin department (France) by meeting local professionals working in the area of preventing and combating violence against women.
It should be recalled that the principle of equality between men and women in Morocco was enshrined in the 2011 Constitution. Law No. 103.13 entered into force in September 2018; its main aim is to provide legal protection to women who are victims of violence. Furthermore, the New Development Model emphasises the importance of ensuring zero tolerance for all forms of violence and discrimination against women
This activity was part of the Joint Program "Support for the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture and the Development of the Role of Parliament in the Consolidation of Democracy in Morocco 2020-2023" funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.