The Maghreb Center and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington, DC,
Millennium Development Goals: Facts, Figures and Challenges in Morocco
Date and Time: Friday, October 29, 2010 / 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: Room 204, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057
Opening remarks by: H.E. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the U.S.
Moderated by: Néjib Ayachi and Stephen King (Maghreb Center)
The Kingdom of Morocco has made significant strides in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the UN some ten years ago. Since his enthronement, King Mohammed VI instigated crucial political, economic and social reforms. Thus, an ambitious social development program, the National Initiative for Human Development (NIHD), was launched in 2005 by the King as a comprehensive approach for reaching national development goals; more specifically to scale up women and children rights, alleviate poverty, and improve the condition of vulnerable groups. Mr. Khellaf Ayache, a senior expert with Morocco’s High Commission for Planning will highlight Morocco’s achievements in terms of MDGs through facts and figures. Within this context, the issues of gender equality and women empowerment will be addressed by Ms. Aicha Ech-Channa, President of the Association Solidarité Féminine and the 2009 one million dollar Opus Prize winner. Ms. Ech-Channa will talk about her 25 year-long experience as a social activist, defending the rights of unmarried women and single mothers, and providing them with psychological counseling and legal assistance. Her presentation will address issues of gender equality, women literacy, political and public representation in leadership positions, access to property, active participation in civil society, etc.
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