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The efforts of civil society organisations in promoting and protecting women's rights in Morocco has a significant impact. The women's rights movement advocated for quotas for women in decision-making bodies and was very active in the reform of the family law. Though Morocco has taken important steps in ensuring equal rights for women, women's organisations emphasize the need for further developments.


This project aims to increase women’s representation in public life at all levels. We believe that this is the key to positive social change.  The project is funded by the Arab Partnership Initiative and is also operating in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. 

Our approach

Delivering leadership training

We give young women the power to influence and make a difference in their local communities through our British Council community leadership programme, Active Citizens. The programme builds their confidence and encourages them to participate in community issues. By 2015, our community leadership programme will involve 12 communities and will have trained 24 facilitators and more than 1000 young people.

Supporting women’s organisations

We help existing and emerging coalitions of women's organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), authorities and media to support women's public participation. We do this through technical support, capacity-building workshops and exchange visits with leading UK women's organisations.

Using evidence-based research

We publish evidence-based data on how women’s active participation has a positive impact within local communities. We offer partners training on topics such as advocacy, raising awareness, stakeholder analysis and the media, helping them to use evidence-based data to promote female participation.

Encouraging collaboration

We establish regional networks by providing platforms for experience-sharing and learning, running regional events including study visits, conferences and workshops.

What we’ve done so far

We have reached more than 80 community leaders in nine governorates and trained 13 facilitators. We have engaged with more than 300 people across community initiatives that aim to support and empower communities.

In collaboration with representatives from three local NGOs and women’s organisations we have identified research issues, developed research methodologies and are now analysing the research data.

We have brought together women’s organisations and built alliances across the region. As well as exchanging experiences and learning, these organisations are better positioned to influence policy and decision making around gender equality.