Moroccan judges address the new Family Code and women's human rights
HREA conducts national roundtable for judges about the Moudawana in Rabat
On 14-16 September 2005, 25 family judges participated in a roundtable organised by HREA in Rabat, Morocco. The training, executed in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the Institut de Magistrats, involved presentations and interactive discussions among the judges who are intimately involved in the implementation of the Moudawana.
Twenty family (sitting) judges and five (head) prosecutors were invited to the roundtable. Each day focused on a core theme related to the Moudawana, the revised Family Code. These themes are the act of marriage (legal conditions for marriage); married life (the rights and duties of spouses); mediation (alternative dispute resolution); and the dissolution of marriage (divorce). A full report of the training will be made available at the end of October.
is currently developing a training manual for judges, which will be
used in the regional trainings in Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech and Tetouan
scheduled for the fall of 2005 and spring 2006. The manual will focus
on the intentions of the Moudawana as contained in its legal
form and concerns that have arisen during the first year of implementation.
There will be an emphasis on case study method and an introduction to
mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution It will also
include exercises based on real cases gathered from civil society and
judges and human rights instruments (the Convention on the Elimination
of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international
standards and treaties).
On 25 January 2004, the parliament of Morocco adopted the Moudawana, a new landmark Family Code supporting women's equality and granting them new rights in marriage and divorce. According to outside observers, this is the most wide-reaching social reform since Morocco gained independence. HREA in cooperation with members of Moroccan civil society and the Ministries of Justice and National Education is carrying out key activities in order to promote the implementation of the revised Moudawana, or new Family Code.
(1) Capacity-building trainings of newly appointed family judges in order to:
(2) A gender-based review of school textbooks in order to:
For further information, please contact Mr. Abderrahim Sabir, Senior Programme Associate for the Middle East/North Africa in HREA's Casablanca office: firstname.lastname@example.org.