Friday, November 14, 2003

Morocco has liberalized its laws for women. Women are no longer considered the lifelong chattels of their male relatives, they can sue for divorce, they have joint ownership of property within marriage, and their husbands can no longer divorce them by denouncement. That's actually pretty impressive. I'd heard that Morocco was on the leading edge of liberalization in the Arab world; I hadn't been sure how seriously to take that. If you compare this with Jordan's recent refusal to ban honor killings, Morocco really is a shining light in the region.

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