Morocco is Committed to Improving Situation of Women and Achieving UN-Women Goals (Head of Govt.)

Rabat – Morocco is committed to improving the situation of women and achieving the objectives of UN-Women, said Thursday in Rabat head of government, Saad Dine El Otmani.

The Kingdom is working to ensure gender equality and combat violence against women, especially against girls, by promoting a safe environment, in addition to launching programs to support the presence of women and ensure their economic and political empowerment, said El Otmani at a meeting with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, according to a statement by the head of government’s department.

He also expressed Morocco’s readiness to cooperate with specialized international organizations in order to strengthen the status of women in Moroccan society, and also in friendly African countries, given that the Kingdom is aware of the presence of large categories of women who still live in poverty and discrimination and need support, through ambitious programs, to achieve the targeted objectives, the statement added.

For her part, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed the importance of joint cooperation to ensure women’s economic and political empowerment, saying that the UN is committed to assisting member States in achieving gender equality, ensuring women’s empowerment and supporting all initiatives aimed at achieving legislative and legal reforms.

Noting that Morocco is a pioneer country in the promotion and protection of women’s rights, the UN official urged the Kingdom to share its experiences and expertise, particularly with African countries, the statement stressed.

Mlambo-Ngcuka also expressed pleasure at her visit to Morocco and participation in the 5th International Congress on Cities and Safe Zones, held in Rabat (26-28 February) under the theme “Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment”.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse