Morocco Field Legal Officer, Women's Rights Advocacy Program
Saida Kouzzi, an attorney and women's rights activist from Ouezzane, joined the International Human Rights Law Group in the spring of 2000. Prior to joining the IHRLG Morocco team, Ms. Kouzzi worked for five years as a juriste at a law office, doing case intake and management and legal research, particularly with cases treating women and family law. She was the President and Founder of l'Espace de la femme pour la solidarite et le développement, a Rabat-based NGO addressing women's development.
Ms. Kouzzi has been an active member of the Association marocaine des droits humains for over four years, for which she has served on the Human Rights Violations Central Committee, and as General Secretary and Vice Treasurer of the Rabat section. She has also been an active member of the National Moroccan Students Union and the Rabat section of the National Association of the Unemployed Graduates. Ms. Kouzzi has written on the Plan d'action pour l'integration de la femme au développement in Morocco and has participated in several international fora on women's rights. She earned her law degree from Mohammed V University in Rabat, where she wrote her memoire on political Islam in the Sudan. She is fluent in Arabic and French and has a working knowledge of English.