This is a special conversation on contemporary women’s rights, human rights, and press freedom in Morocco. The event, moderated by Jadaliyya co-editor Samia Errazzouki in both Arabic and English, featured a panel of experts who approach the topic from a variety angles. It was designed to give an overall survey on the contemporary situation of the aforementioned topics as they relate to Morocco, providing insights into the country from the perspective of journalists, writers, lawyers, and activists who have challenged patriarchal state dynamics firsthand.
This is a bi-lingual event, held in both Arabic and English. A transcript of the conversation in both languages is forthcoming.
This event is co-sponsored by Khmissa, Jadaliyya, and George Mason’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program.
Afaf Bernani (Arabic) is Morrocan a writer and activist based in Tunisian who was charged and convicted for refusing to testify that she was raped. Click here to read about her case. Twitter: @BernaniAfaf.
Hajaj Raissouni (Arabic) is a Moroccan journalist who was arrested and sentenced to a year in prison in 2019 for allegedly having an illegal abortion and extra-merital sex, though she was later pardoned by King Mohammed VI. Click here to read more about her case. Twitter: r@hajarraissounu.
Nouhad Fathi (English) is a Morrocan writer and journalist formerly based in Morrocco. Click hear to learn about her latest writings and find her latest podcast episodes.
Samia Errazzoui (Moderator) is a Jadaliyya co-editor and is pursuing her PhD in history at the University of California, Davis. She previously worked as a Morocco-based journalist and researcher. Twitter: @S_Errazzouki.