Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Empowering Women: Real Tools, Real Change (Part II)

Two weeks ago I wrote about the importance of Global Rights’ groundbreaking online database project in Morocco.  This week, that project was featured in Women’s eNews in the case of Amina Filali's suicide.

Global Rights Maghreb team and local partners at the
Moroccan Parliament for the Amina Filali sit-in
As you may know, Amina was a 16 year old Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist in order to preserve the honor of her family. Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows a “kidnapper” to marry his victim if she is a minor, even though legal marriage age in Morocco is 18. Amina ended her life last week because of this outdated law.

The story in Women’s eNews highlights how our public online court decision database will provide valuable information on whether or not cases involving women are being decided and implemented fairly, and can hold judges accountable for how they apply the law.

We hope that our database will help create positive change in the Moroccan judicial system that was too late for Amina Filali.

Click here to read the full article.

- Susan

Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth

1 comment:

  1. Hi, my name is Sonia. I work for and have been following Amina's case and the legal issues surrounding it. I'm interested in learning more about this online database project and possibly doing a story on it for Mashable. If you could get back to me at, I'd appreciate it.
    Thanks so much.