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Rabéa Naciri

(Morocco)

Rabéa Naciri is a founding member of the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), one of the largest Moroccan NGOs focused on women’s rights, and a member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco and the founder of the Equality Without Reservation Coalition which was established in 2006 by representatives of women’s human rights organizations based in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. The Coalition developed the Equality Without Reservation campaign consisting of 120 organizations from 17 Arab countries, advocating for the removal of all reservations to the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ratification of the Convention’s Optional Protocol, and full implementation of the Convention by MENA governments to fully realize women’s human rights and gender equality in the region. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Collectif 95 Maghreb Egalité, a network of women’s associations and women researchers from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia committed to preventing violence against women.  She is a political advisor to the Euro-Mediterrean Human Rights Network and serves on several national Moroccan commissions related to the reform of the educational system in Morocco. Among her accomplishments include initiating the review of inheritance laws in the Maghreb.

Naciri is a renowned scholar and has written extensively on Arab women and poverty, women and Islam, capacity-building for women, strategy development for the promotion of women’s rights, women’s invisible work, as well as women’s work and the concept of Quiwama in Islam. Among her publications is the article “The Women’s Movement and Political Discourse in Morocco” in UNRISD Contribution to the Fourth Conference on Women Paper Series tracing the development of the contemporary women’s movement in Morocco, concentrating in particular on those associations which emerged in the mid-1980s out of the centre-left political parties.