Morocco/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

Statements made by some artists and officials at the MoC can be summarised thusly:

The values of openness, unconditional creativity, and clashing liberties prevail in the Moroccan art scene, which obviates any constraints on women as artists and creative individuals. Many movies and theatrical works are created in part or whole by women. Artistic events earmarked for women aim to give women special recognition rather than close a gender gap or end injustice.

The MoC holds special events and gives awards to honour women in the arts. An equitable gender representation is taken into consideration at these cultural events.

36% of the MoCs staff are female. Women have assumed the highest posts in the Ministry, including Mrs Thuriya Jubran Qrayteef’s tenure as Minister of Culture until 2009.  Women have headed offices, sections, and departments, in addition to higher education institutions under the MoC.

The constitution of 2011 provides for the strengthening of equality between men and women in terms of rights and liberties based on the principle of equality. It also provides for the creation of an authority of equality to combat all forms of discrimination, in addition to the provision of procedures for affirmative action for access to state and electoral jobs. 

Chapter published: 05-05-2016