Addressing Gender Based Violence in Morocco

On October 16th, Moroccan Sociologist Dr. Abdessamad Dialmy gave a presentation titled “Sociology of Gender Based Violence and Violence Against Women in Morocco” at Al Akhawayn University. Dr. Dialmy, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 1971 and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Picardy in France in 1987, presented statistics and information regarding Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Women (VAW) within the context of Moroccan culture, politics and society.

 

Throughout his presentation, Dr. Dialmy spoke about the extremely high percentage of women in Morocco who had experienced some kind of GBV, and provided the necessary context as to why such a large amount of Moroccan women have experienced it. One of the many topics he brought up was that GBV/VAW is a “structural” issue, and that it is used as a means to control women. Dr. Dialmy noted societal, cultural, political, and religious norms that attribute to the over-arching mentality of the Moroccan society that perpetuates the normality of GBV and VAW in Morocco, and provided examples as well. One of the examples he provided was the idea that the public space is considered a “male space”, and that when women enter it they are seen as “invading male space”, so GBV and VAW is easily justified given the idea that women are somewhere where they “shouldn’t be.”

 

After his presentation, Dr. Dialmy took many questions from students and other AUI community members and engaged in discussion for well over a half hour with the crowd.