Thursday, March 8, 2012

Empowering Women: Real Tools, Real Change

It’s always exciting when we can put tools into the hands of women that will create real change. For the women of Morocco that tool is our Online Court Decision Database.  We are thrilled to feature it today on International Women’s Day

Women at our previous Online Court Decision Database
 training learn how to collect court decisions 
For almost two years, we have been working with hundreds of local NGOs and lawyers from across Morocco to develop an online database to track court decisions pertaining to women’s rights. 

This incredibly powerful tool will be used to analyze court decisions and provide concrete examples of the best human rights–legal arguments and judicial decisions on behalf of women and their rights.  The easily-accessible arguments and decisions will provide a rich resource for lawyers and judges to use to help in cases affecting women.

This tool will provide the only publicly accessible, online database of women’s rights court decisions in the country and the first of its kind in the Arabic-speaking world. 

Next week, our Maghreb team is excited to bring together 20 local lawyers and NGO members to begin the training process on how to collect, monitor and document domestic court decisions on women's rights issues.

What’s really neat about this training is that it will unite mainly male lawyers with younger grassroots level women’s associations, contributing to a greater engagement in women’s rights issues by the lawyers, and enhancing young women activists’ legal knowledge and access to the court systems (usually quite inaccessible). This exchange is rare in Morocco and we are proud to be paving the way in this essential collaboration for women’s rights!

Be sure to visit our Facebook page next week to see photos of the training in action! 

With its partners, Global Rights is creating an amazing tool that will benefit current and future generations of women as they advocate for their rights. We are fostering an environment where women are inspired to create change.  We want to thank our local women’s organizations for making this a reality!
  • Association Tawaza pour le Plaidoyer de la Femme (Tetouan)
  • Association Amal pour la Femme et le Développement (El Hajeb)
  • Association El Amane pour le développement de la femme (Marrakech)
  • Association Tafoukt Souss pour le développement de la femme (Agadir)
  • Association des jeunes Avocats (Khemisset)
  • Tafiil Moubadarat (Taza)
  • Comité des jeunes avocats (Beni Mellal)
  • Comité des jeunes avocats (Ouarzazate)
  • Comité des jeunes avocats (Errachidia)
- Susan
Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth

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