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June 25, 2014

Moroccan women tell prime minister: 'I'm not a chandelier'

Morocco's Abdelilah Benkirane has angered women's rights advocates by criticising women who work outside the home.
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Moroccan women take part in a demonstration in Rabat on June 24 ,2014 against a speech by Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane in which he urged women to stay at home and look after their families. (AFP PHOTO/FADEL SENNA)

Around 100 women banged pots and pans and chanted slogans outside the Moroccan parliament in Rabat on Tuesday, in protest of comments made by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane on the status of women. Benkirane, speaking to parliament last week, said, "Don’t you realise that when women went to work outside, the light went out of their homes?" The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) leader's comments, condemned by opposition parties and NGOs, also inspired the Twitter hashtag #AnaMachiTria ("I am not a chandelier").

Tuesday's protest was organised by the Civil Coalition for the Application of Article 19 of the Constitution, which advocates for equal rights among men and women.  The video below shows women chanting and banging pans. Slogans included, “Benkirane get out! Morocco is not for you!”
 

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