posts tagged with International Women's Forum

Women and the Arab World: The Promise of Morocco?

maysam-shebani-iwf-IMG_1649_med.jpg "This past spring, demonstrators took to the streets over a Court decision which upheld Clause 475 of the Criminal Code; at the time, 16 year Amina Filali killed herself as the court ordered her to marry a man who had raped her. Under Article 475 of the Moroccan Criminal Code, a "kidnapper" of a minor can marry his victim to escape prosecution. The reasoning follows that by marrying the victim, the honor of the woman’s family is preserved."

More Access Equals More Opportunity For Women

women_small.jpg The Coalition for Adolescent Girls says that when a girl living in poverty reaches age 12, she’s at a crossroads. If she can somehow continue her education and stay healthy, she has a great chance to move out of poverty when she’s grown. But if she can’t, there is little chance of breaking the cycle.