Leader’s Words About Women Jolt Morocco


Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco told parliament this week that women would be better off at home than in the workplace, setting off alarm in a country that has seen slow but steady gains in women’s rights.

“Today, there is a problem with women’s role in modern society,” he said Tuesday in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, when asked about the government’s position on women’s rights. “Women don’t even find time to get married, to be mothers or to educate their children. Why don’t we embrace this sacred status that God gave to women?”

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