UN: Rural Women Are Hardest Hit by Economic Discrimination in the World, Says Moroccan Official

Rural women are subjected, more than urban women, to economic discrimination, in addition to the physical and psychological violence they suffer around the world, said, Monday in New York, minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui.

The minister, who was speaking at a ministerial round table on “Good practices in the empowerment of rural women and girls, including through prevention of gender-based violence and access to justice, social services and health care,” regretted the fact that rural women perform unpaid work in the field of agriculture and livestock.

Women are present in this area up to 93 pc. However, “the majority of these jobs are unpaid, since they are carried out on family farms and projects linked to household income,” Hakkaoui noted at the meeting, held as part of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which tackles the situation of rural women.

The minister stressed that Morocco has just adopted a law aimed at protecting women from violence, which also includes measures to provide care for abused women.

She also underlined the importance of maternity houses, set up close to hospitals in several regions of the Kingdom to guarantee, in particular for rural women, decent birth conditions and social services before and after childbirth.

Furthermore, Hakkaoui highlighted the significant role of student houses, which had contributed to a reduction in school dropout rates and encouraged rural girls to continue their studies.


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