She is young, dreamy, ambitious, activist, entrepreneur and above all, a woman. Jihane Boumediane, 27, grew up in Marrakech. She is a doctoral student in Management Science at the ENCG of Cadi Ayyad University. His doctoral research within the Organizational Management Research Laboratory (Largo) focuses on social innovation in the Moroccan craft sector.
She participated in several debates and toured TV sets to present her association, 1001 artisans, which she had the courage and audacity to co-launched in the midst of a pandemic to help artisans in need. On the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8, MoroccoLatestNews UK portrays this young woman, who can be a source of inspiration for many women.
“International Women’s Rights Day is an opportunity to remind everyone that women are just as present as men, in our societies, in our country, in all areas (working life, science, economy, management, culture, art…), but also in the field of education and the home“says Jihane Boumediane who believes that every day is good to talk about women and highlight them as they are in our society.
Aware of the barriers faced by women, this doctoral student assumes that they are everywhere “when you want to initiate a project, initiate an action“. Not escaping thisruleJihane believes that there are barriers that can be directly linked to being young first and then being female. “But these are things that remain in my opinion, and in my own experience, temporary.“.
“You have to bounce back when necessary, assert yourself, but also prove yourself. As long as we are serious and committed, our interlocutors and our partners understand this and respect us for it. And it’s only a matter of time to put yourself forward and to take your rightful place whether in a work meeting or in a meeting, etc.“says Jihane.
Referring to sexist actions against women, Jihane Boumediane tells us that he has not recorded any action in this direction. “But, there are things that happen right and left whether it’s walking down the street or meeting new people. These are many practices that we all know and that women undergo on a daily basis and which must change. Reason for which, it is necessary to review the education of the children because it is there where all can play”she raises.
According to Jihane, his young men and gentlemen who are found on the streets today and who disrespect women have already reached adulthood. To change things, it will take a long time, she believes, “but it can be done quickly and it starts at school and then at home to be able to correct things while we still have time to do it“.
At work too, Jihane has never recorded any sexist actions. “In the world of crafts, I have the chance to work with the most respectable craftsmen. In craftsmanship, we are very lucky. Whether you are a woman or a man, many people have this real Moroccan way of life. It is about respect and sharing and that is essential and we must promote it together because there are committed, honest and sincere men who respect women and who work very well with them in our modern societies.», Supports this young associative activist.
Women’s Rights: Our Kingdom Has Come a Long Way
For years, women in Morocco have campaigned for their rights and to make their voices heard. And our kingdom has come a long way in this direction, underlined Jihane Boumediane.
“20 years ago, when I was still a child, with King Mohammed VI, many things were initiated and are continuing in favor of women in terms of rights. I suppose there is still a long way to go in this direction, but also in terms of convention and partnership. Things must still be born to not only value women, but also to create opportunities for the development of Moroccan women in their work environment, in their personal environment, in the associative environment”she explains.
Are his rights respected in real life? It is relative according to the president of the association 1001 artisans. “In my opinion, there are things that are respected and they are neglected. On the side, there are things that cannot be written down in the legal texts in a very precise manner. But these are things that must be done naturally because we have societal codes, ways of doing things“.
“We are Moroccans who have a wealth of knowledge and very interesting education. Before referring to the articles of law, that Moroccans, in general, relate to this heritage and this exceptional way of life. Thus, men and women will interact effectively with respect and sharing.“, she argues.
When the woman wears several hats at the same time
The women, known for their courage and strength, wear several hats a day. Jihane Boumediane is one of them. “Wearing the hat of researcher, entrepreneur and socially engaged woman is very important because we women are very creative. I guess it’s natural in women and you just have to find it, explore it and use it for the good cause“, she says.
Always sharing, Jihane Boumediane did not fail to deliver some advice to women like her, ambitious and fighter who want things to change.
“You have to give yourself the means to do something with your passion and to do something with your creativity, this value that we women have in common. Once we find this passion and this source of creativity, we make something nice out of it in our environment. It can be done in his work, in his project, an association or even in the family. We must take advantage of this value that we have for the good cause of everyone“, she concludes.