Global war against women in Morocco: it’s the god problem

Oh, come on! How can you pretend to lead a country at least half of the citizens of which are women and say things like this:

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco told Parliament this week that women would be better off at home than in the workplace, setting off alarm in a country that has seen slow but steady gains in women’s rights.

“Today, there is a problem with women’s role in modern society,” he said Tuesday in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, when asked about the government’s position on women’s rights. “Women don’t even find time to get married, to be mothers or to educate their children. Why don’t we embrace this sacred status that God gave to women?”

The reaction on social networks and in the Moroccan news media was swift and heated. Columnists said the prime minister should solve the country’s economic problems and not offend women, and political rivals said his comments revealed the true agenda of his conservative Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party.

At least the reaction was “swift and heated.” Here’s the whole article by Aida Alami: Leader’s Words About Women Jolt Morocco – NYTimes.com.

I’ll bet that if Ms. Alami is a Moroccan citizen, she is particularly angry.

I’m thinking I should link the global war against women category with the god problem category, since it is almost always religious fundamentalists who use god to justify their treatment of women.

 

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