Morocco’s King Grants More Rights to Women

Morocco’s king, Muhammed VI, announced plans granting women more rights in marriage and divorce. According to the Associated Press, these reforms would “place families under the joint responsibility of both spouses.” The king called for a raise in the legal marriage age from 15 to 18 and the expansion of women’s rights to file for divorce. The king’s plan will also make polygamy nearly impossible, reports the Guardian.

Women’s groups were worried that these reforms would never happen after much protest from Islamic conservatives. King Muhammad VI hopes that these reforms will help close a divide between women’s groups and the powerful Islamic movement in Morocco, reports the Associated Press.

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Associated Press 10/10/03; The Guardian 10/13/03; BBC News 10/11/03

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