Thursday, March 20, 2014
From the introduction to Karla Mari McKanders (Tennessee), Anatomy of an Uprising: Women, Democracy, and the Moroccan Feminist Spring, 32 Boston U. Int'l L. J. 147 (2014)
“Women may have sustained the Arab spring, but it remains to be seen if the Arab Spring will sustain women.”
An “uprising” is defined as “an act or instance of rising up; especially: a usually localized act of popular violence in defiance usually of an established government.” The Moroccan Arab Spring certainly qualifies as an act of rising up against the established government. Although Morocco was not prominently featured in media representations of violence during the regional Arab Spring, Morocco experienced changes in its government and constitution. This uprising was called the Mouvement du 20-Février (“The Twentieth of February Movement”). What is most notable *149 about this uprising is that women were at the forefront. Many Moroccan women seized the opportunities that revolutions across the Arab world presented and developed their own agenda for Morocco's future.4Whether women will remain in the forefront of the movement as the Moroccan government institutionalizes their demands or whether they will fall into the background of the changing Moroccan government is a complex question.