In 2004 the Moroccan parliament took steps to improve the status of women and children, and has passed a new family law, Mudawanat al Asra (English: Family Code), which is widely regarded as very progressive by regional standards. For example, men are now permitted only one wife unless their wife signs an agreement. In addition to being candidates in mixed electoral lists, women have a national list in parliamentary elections that allow them for at least 10% of the seats.
In parallel, and in September 2006, a national observatory to fight violence against women was founded. Many state departments, administrations, universities as well as national female associations are sought to coordinate efforts together.
Recently, in 2009, new legislation has also allowed women to divorce their husbands without the consent of the husband.
Sex outside of the marriage is criminal, and few illegitimate children are registered as citizens. They therefore lack the possibility of schooling, health care etc. Many people go to the street. Several are looking for Europe, we have all read about Moroccan street children.
In The Global Gender Gap Index , which examines the gap
between men and women in four fundamental categories
(subindexes): economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment, (The four pillars),
Morocco was ranked the 139th of 145 countries.
In 2014 Morocco was ranked 133th of 142
Source: The Global Gender Gap Report 2015- World Economic Forum.