UN Women commends Morocco’s gender equality actions

UN Women, a UN agency dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, has hailed Morocco’s decisions seeking to close gender gap, saying the North African Kingdom is taking an important step towards achieving gender equality with the adoption of Laws N°19-20 and N°5-96 governing SMEs and Corporations

By establishing a 30% progressive quota for women in three years before increasing that quota to 40% in six years, “Morocco honors its commitments to Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said a statement issued by UN body.

Besides enacting laws, urging companies and businesses to adopt a gender approach and improve women’s representation in the management and supervisory bodies, Moroccan authorities also decided to include a gender perspective in the annual finance bill.

Morocco has made increased significantly women’s political and economic inclusion and encouraged women’s entrepreneurship by providing businesswomen access to finance, mentorship and capacity building in various sectors.

Women represent over 32 pc of the workforce operating in Morocco’s manufacturing sector. Almost half of the female employees are in the textile and leather industries and agribusiness

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