Many feminist activists have criticized the “low representativeness” of women in municipal and regional councils, basing their criticism on the constitutional requirements which call for support for the representation of women in positions of responsibility in Morocco and in particular in these councils.
This is how the bodies active in the field of human rights, in their interactions with the last elections, brandished the law relating to the election of members of municipal and regional councils, which calls for an increase in the presence of women in the Councils. Hence the observation of the nomination of candidates for the elections of the presidents of the Councils of the regions and the communes as well as their deputies, in order to remedy what they qualified as “delay” at the level of reinforcement of the representation of the councils. women in elected councils. Feminist movements in Morocco recorded a “low” participation of women in the last electoral elections.
The “Movement for Parity” reported that the percentage of women candidates for municipal elections hardly exceeded 29.87%, while that of women candidates for election to municipal and regional councils did not exceed 39.79. %. In this context, Khadija Rabah, its coordinator, said: The Movement for Parity has taken note that “ some parties exert great pressure on women, in the presence of local authorities, in order to draw up minutes proving their reluctance to assume the responsibility of representing the presidency for personal reasons “. Rabah added, in his statement to MoroccoLatestNews, that “ conscious and responsible women reject these methods, because they have recourse to justice to obtain their constitutional rights, while other women are subjected to a fait accompli, because they do not have a long political experience “.
The associative activist underlined that ” women who are subjected to these partisan and political pressures should turn to judicial institutions “. According to her, the right to litigation is one of the foundations of the state of institutions, stressing that “ partisan culture still marginalizes women, and does not grant them their full political rights “. Our interlocutor added: “ Women’s activities were waiting for the parties that won the first seats in the elections to respond to the demand to strengthen the representation of women in the councils, especially since they gave positive signs to build a new Morocco breaking with policies of the past. This requires implementing the provisions of the constitution relating to gender equality. “.