While some analysts and observers considered the weak female representation in the new Moroccan government, which was appointed on Tuesday, January 3rdby King Mohammed VI, to portray the new constitution’s lack of sense of male-female equality in Moroccan society, others stated in statements to “Islam Online” that all political parties should be held accountable for this lack of female representation, not just the Justice and Development Party.
Observers noted that the new government has experienced a sense of expansion in what are called “sovereign” ministries in comparison to the previous government.
Weak female representation
The female representation in the new government headed by Abdelilah Benkirane is summed up by a single female minister—an occurrence that has brought about wide controversy in local media and among specialized observers and experts, who consider this lack of representation—in comparison to the previous government, which had seven female ministers—to be unacceptable.
Dr. Mohamed Darif, political science professor at Mohammedia University, asserted in a statement to “Islam Online” that what is interesting about the formation of the new government is the “weak sense of female representation,” adding that the mere presence of a single female minister in this government put into question the slogans raised by the political parties about male-female equality.
Darif stated that the presence of a single female minister in Benkirane’s government is a matter of concern.
Basima Haqawi, new Moroccan Ministry of Family and Solidarity, stated two days ago that she feels a sense of disappointment for being the only female in the new Moroccan government, pointing out that she is “upset by the reduction in the number of women in this government,” blaming political parties for failing to present new female personalities who are able to take responsibility in the new government.
Responsibility of parties
Dr. Saeed Al-Siddiqi, political analyst, agreed with Haqawi, asserting in a statement to “Islam Online” that all political parties within the government are responsible for this lack of female representation, not just the Justice and Development Party.
With regards to the Justice and Development Party, Al-Siddiqi stated that there was no doubt that the Justice and Development party would have trouble finding a suitable female representative from their party, especially since the party was considered as an opposition party since its establishment, adding that this is bound to change in the future due to the experience the females within the party will gain.
On the other hand, Al-Siddiq stated, it seems that due to this being the Justice and Development Party’s first experience under a tough economic, social, and political state, they found it necessary to look towards competency more than any other aspect during this stage.