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A Turbulent Morocco: A Khutta, A Mudawwana, A Reform Movement and Rivalry Frames
Morocco, March 13, 2000: Hundreds of thousands of women poured into the streets of Morocco's two main cities for rival demonstrations over government plans to bolster women's rights. In Casablanca, Islamic parties headed by the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) and AI Adl Wa II Ihsan party, both of which occupy seats in Parliament, rallied with around 300 000 followers chanting slogans against the government's suggested reforms and calling for their repeal. In Rabat, a couple of thousand people from feminist groups and political parties such as AI lstiql al and AI Taqaddom Wa AI Ishtirakiyya gathered in support of these reforms. With slogans such as "Yes for the emancipation of women and no for their alienation," "Men and women equal before God, equal before the Law," and "For the dignity of women," they hailed the complete adoption of the government's plan.
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