Faculty members at AUI continue to display excellency in the international arena. Most recently Dr. Katja Žvan Elliott, an Associate Professor in North African and Middle East Studies at the University, was published in the UK based Palgrave Handbook of Women's Political Rights with her chapter entitled, "Morocco: Ongoing Struggle for More Representation." In this most recent publication of her work, Dr. Žvan Elliott explores the often overlooked relationship between lower political representation of women in Morocco and the country’s delays in human development in addition to the persisting patriarchal mentalities which cut across class, regional, and urban-rural divides. The chapter focuses on the understanding of the post-colonial consolidation of the regime, which included a co-optation of, at first, select political parties and conservative rural notables, and since the 1990s increasingly also women’s rights organizations. Through this, Žvan-Elliott is able to argue that despite the introduction of women’s quotas in 2002 (as well as men’s quotas) women’s rights agenda continues to be depoliticized, while the political space has not (yet) become more democratized and gender-inclusive.
A link to the publication can be found here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137590732?fbclid=IwAR0HO-1jOwgJEze-LYrybX1fLow5rHvN_LiLd3qfTV5gngPCeDQXc7w8c-Y
On Sunday, October 21st, the Azrou Badminton Club won second place in the Badminton Throne Cup Competition which took place in Azrou. Fourteen badminton clubs participated from various different regions in Morocco, namely Azrou, Kenitra, Marrakech, Mohammedia, Guelmima, Casablanca, Safi, Ain Harroud, and Fez. The first place winner was the Marrakech club, a veteran team in the competition of seven years, with Azrou coming in second. The Azrou club was composed of 28 players from ASI.