Moroccan women protest discriminatory rape laws
Hundreds of women took to the streets of the Moroccan capital Rabat on Saturday, urging parliament to revoke a law on sexual violence.
Just a day earlier, Morocco had announced that it would modify a law that allows rapists to marry their underage female victims, a decision that came in light of the recent suicide of 16-year-old rape victim, Amina el-Filali.
“We want a new law. We also want an end to rape in Morocco but that can be possible until this law is removed. We want a law that punishes the criminal and protects the rights of Moroccan women,” said Amina’s sister Hamida who joined the protest on Saturday.
On this note, I have seen a campaign called “We Are All Amina Filali”. The thing is, I’m not Amina Filali. I couldn’t ever be Amina Filali, because I am not a woman in Morocco. I will never be forced to marry my rapist. To those of you out there who are affected by these laws, I wish you the best. To those of you who are not, I urge you to refrain from appropriating their experiences while we raise awareness and support for their efforts.