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To produce innovative media and advocacy content, designed to reinforce the development of a tolerant society which supports community life and equal rights and opportunities for everyone, free of gender discrimination and stereotypes.
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Despite legislation designed to support equality and protect women's rights in Morocco, there is continuing discrimination and violation of these rights. In rural areas, less than one third of young women are educated at school and more than half are illiterate. In the job market, their situation is more insecure than that of men, and they are more likely to be unemployed. Moreover, violence against women has become very widespread and part of everyday life in recent years.
The "Echos des voix féminines" ["Echoes of women's voices"] project is designed to reach out to young women in rural areas, in the Marrakech-Safi region, in order to give them a voice, to shine a light on their own vision of society and allow them to express their hopes and plans. The project aims to create a mobile Internet-radio studio to produce reports, conduct interviews and make live debate broadcasts.
All the content produced will first be broadcast on the Internet radio station "Kech-Radio" of the AIC (Citizens' Initiatives Association), which is behind the project. It will also be used to develop advocacy tools to support the defence of women's rights in Morocco, aimed at local policymakers.
young women, aged 15 to 35 years old, and 50 young
women with outstanding initiatives or who are potential leaders.
Around 80 local policymakers (60 elected officials
and representatives of local authorities, 16 provincial representatives, 2
1.Setting up of a network of contributors and sustainable tools to provide training on increasing capabilities
- Assessment of the various obstacles which currently prevent Moroccan women from accessing equal rights and the inequalities between men and women in the region.Mapping of local authorities. - Organisation of two training sessions to enhance the capabilities of the future mobile Internet-radio teams and of training sessions focusing on Internet-radio production techniques. - Identification and selection of future contributors. Setting up of an active network bringing together a great number of young women who wish to make their voices heard. - Organisation of a training session on advocacy techniques.
Morocco: bright prospects… for women
March 8, 2019
Early this year, the Association Initiatives Citoyennes (Citizen Initiatives Association, or AIC) met with around fifteen other associations, cooperatives and elected officials committed to championing the cause of Moroccan women in the Marrakesh-Safi region. Its aim is to work alongside these key players on the ground to ensure the Echoes of Women's Voices is a collaborative success.
Social networks hold no secrets from the journalists at Kech radio!
March 19, 2019
The members of the Association Initiatives Citoyennes (AIC) [Citizen's Initiatives Association] were given social network training on 9 and 10 March 2019 in Marrakech. The aim of the training was to teach members to communicate in a way more closely aligned with the expectations of the audience.
2.Production and broadcasting of media content that focuses on the topic of gender
- Purchase of a motor vehicle and computer and radio equipment required
for the creation of a mobile radio studio. - Launch of a series of preparatory interviews with contributors -
Assistance with the production and broadcasting of content.
- "Public spaces and gender" workshop.
- Monitoring of content based on performance indicators.
Echoes of Women’s Voices: female contributors trained
March 27, 2019
The Association Initiatives Citoyennes (Citizens' Initiatives Association, AIC) gave a training course on media production techniques to the young female contributors of the Echoes of Women's Voices project on 16 and 17 March 2019 in Marrakesh.
Launch of the first mobile community radio studio in the MENA region
April 5, 2019
The mini-van, equipped with a mobile studio as part of the Echoes of women's voices project, was launched on 29 March in Morocco. The contributors, journalists and stakeholders in civil society present at the event witnessed the results of several months of thought and work.
Around 75 people were present at the official launch of Echoes of Women's Voices, on 29 March 2019 in Marrakesh (Morocco), to find out more about this project and to listen, in particular, to speeches made by Moroccan women defending women's rights.
Echoes of Women’s Voices: first programmes broadcasted
July 1, 2019
Since the end of April 2019, a mini-van equipped with a mobile studio has been travelling around the Marrakesh-Safi region of Morocco. It has so far gone on eight different trips. Discover the first programmes online!
A programme by Monte Carlo Doualiya on the local Moroccan airwaves
December 4, 2019
Samira Ibrahim, a journalist with Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD), travelled to Marrakech and Essaouira to interview members of the AIC (Association Initiatives Citoyennes - Citizens’ Initiative Association) and the women beneficiaries of the Echos of Women’s Voices project.
3.Advocacy measures designed to raise awareness amongst the authorities and influential players in civil society
- Implementation of an advocacy strategy based on the results of the training carried out as part of the first measure. - Media advocacy campaign. - Raising of awareness of constitutional bodies relating to equality. - "Women and migration" workshop. - Organisation of a seminar bringing together contributors and elected officials, to evaluate the results of these various measures.
The AIC – an environmentally friendly association
August 29, 2019
The Citizens' Initiatives Association (Association Initiatives Citoyennes - AIC) is committed to reducing its environmental impact, and has embarked on a year-long mission to plant two trees every week in the various municipalities and villages benefiting from the Echoes of Women's Voices project, which it is carrying out in partnership with CFI, the French media development agency. This report has been written by KechRadio.
In order to guide the field activities of the AIC (Citizens' Initiatives Association [Association d'Initiatives Citoyennes]), FMAS (Alternatives Forum in Morocco [Forum des Alternatives]) commissioned Regiminis to carry out an assessment of the obstacles to equal access to rights in the Marrakech-Safi region.