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Ten years after Morocco’s family code reforms: Are gender gaps closing?

Author: Paul Prettitore Organisation: World Bank Year: 2014

Ten years after the Government of Morocco amended its Family Code (“Moudawana”), the World Bank looks at the uneven impact this has had on women’s rights.

It finds that, despite raising the legal age of marriage to 18 years for girls, the number of marriages involving under 18s has been increasing.

It also finds that Moroccan women have more freedom in deciding who they want to marry and are more able to access divorce without losing their financial assets. However, despite having the right to marry without the consent of a male guardian, many women still refrain from doing so.


TAGS: Fact sheet and brief Morocco Middle East and North Africa Human rights and justice