Morocco launches national observatory on violence against women
Bassima Hakkaoui, the Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development, launched on Tuesday in Rabat the establishment of an observatory on violence against women.
To celebrate the International Day to End Violence against Women, the minister also inaugurated the 12th national campaign against domestic violence, which will end on December 10.
Hakkaoui said that the establishment of this observatory is part of the institutionalization of violence detection mechanisms, adding that this structure will follow up cases of violence against women and prepare an annual report on the regional and national levels.
Organized under the theme “Wash Takbal Tkoun Chmata? Violence against women is a weakness, this campaign will be marked by the transmission of TV adverts to raise awareness on this issue. Also, the campaigners will organize eight regional meetings in Kenitra, Tangier, El Jadida, Taza, Sefrou, Taroudant, Beni Mellal and El Hajeb.
According to a UN 2013 global review, “35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.”
As part of this year campaign and to raise awareness about the violence that targets women worldwide, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking activists to “Orange your Neighborhood” and meet with their communities to discuss solutions that can end violence against women.
On this regard, Ban ki-mon said that Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destructs the well-being of societies and hinders economic development.