IHRLG convened and directed a Legal Literacy Working Group (LLWG), comprised of 15 women's advocacy groups and local development associations to create a comprehensive 50-session program manual on women's human and legal rights and design a nationwide training program to develop Moroccan women's awareness and understanding of their rights under national and international human rights law. The program, specifically targeted for illiterate and semi-literate women, also develops women's capacity to defend their rights and mobilize for change. Member organizations of the IHRLG-facilitated LLWG are
- Association dımocratique des femmes du Maroc (Rabat)
- Jossour, Forum des femmes marocaines (Rabat)
- Union de l'action fıminine (Rabat)
- Association dımocratique des femmes du Maroc (Casablanca)
- Centre FAMA (Casablanca)
- Centre d'ıcoute et d'orientation juridique et psychologique pour femmes agressıes (Casablanca)
- La Ligue dımocratique pour les droits de la femme (Casablanca)
- Solidaritı Fıminine (Casablanca)
- Association Amna (Tangiers)
- Association de recherche fıminine pour le dıveloppement et la coopıration (Tetouan)
- Centre d'assistance pour femmes maltraitıes (Tetouan)
- Initiatives pour la protection des droits de la femme (Fes)
- Association Intilaka pour le dıveloppement de l'environnement rural (Ain Leuh)
IHRLG is training legal literacy program facilitators to use the manual and assisting our Moroccan partners in implementing their own legal literacy programs. In preparation for the elections scheduled for the Fall of 2002, IHRLG partnered with the British Council (Morocco)
and Moroccan organizations to develop an illustrated guide to women's voting rights and elections for rural and illiterate women.
We are also collaborating with several Amazigh (Berber) NGOs, to ensure that IHRLG's legal literacy manual addresses issues specific to Amazigh women, and to produce an Berber companion to the Arabic version (as Amazigh women are less likely to read and speak Arabic than their male counterparts).
To reach the 62% of Moroccan women who are illiterate and address the complexities inherent in tackling the issue of domestic violence, IHRLG is producing a training video on legal strategies available to women.