I left Morocco more than 15 years ago. With the years and the distance, I have surely forgotten quite how difficult it is to live without the freedoms that have become so natural to me. I am Moroccan and, in Morocco, Muslim laws apply to me, whatever my personal relationship with the religion. I learned that I could not be homosexual, have an abortion or cohabit. If I were to have a child without being married, I could face criminal charges and my child would have no legal status; they would be a bastard. Born of an unknown father, the child will be a societal outcast and subject to social and economic exclusion.
Leïla Slimani’s Sex and Lies: a brave and honest look at the lives of Moroccan women
Throughout the Middle East, nowhere is the need for change more urgent — and the silences more deafening — than in the areas of gender and sexuality. Patriarchy loves nothing more than hypocrisy. You can do whatever you want secretly, so long as you never openly challenge the existing order and carry on doing what everyone else is doing in public. Do not rock the boat.
Sex and Lies review: testimonies from women in Morocco
Although prostitution in Morocco has been illegal since the s  it is widespread. In the Moroccan Health Ministry estimated there were 50, prostitutes in Morocco, the majority in the Marrakech area. Many children are vulnerable as adoption laws in Morocco are very rigid and difficult. Morocco's increasing reputation for attracting foreign pedophiles made it sign various international treaties to deal with the problem. Traditionally, women's roles in North African society have been rigidly defined, particularly so with increasing Islamification.
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