Photo of the Day: Moroccan women protest Prime Minister’s call for them to stay at home

moroccan women protesting

Apparently, the hypocrisy of social conservatives who blame all social ills ever on working mothers knows no borders.

Last week, Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane gave a speech urging women to basically get back in the kitchen like they did in the good old days. “Don’t you realise that when women went to work outside, the light went out of their homes?” he said. “We will continue to defend our position against this modernity that is trying to eliminate family in our lives by reversing the roles of men and women. To that we say ‘no!'”

Benkirane’s wife–yep, you guessed it–works outside the home.

Yesterday, Moroccan women protested outside parliament, waving banners and frying pans, and demanded Benkirane’s resignation. Ever since 2011, the country has had a gender equality guarantee under the constitution, but it hasn’t been fully implemented and women in the country have been periodically protesting over the last few years to pressure a resistant Islamist government to finally do it.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/warriorwoman/ Zora Renee

    You know what question no one has asked. It now takes at least 2 incomes to provide for a “family” – and since wages have NOT been rising and ALL husbands aren’t heirs, banksters, Hollywood stars, etc. – IF the wife doesn’t work – exactly how do these neanderthals think the “family” will survive?
    My second question is “marriages” fail and husbands die early – how is the wife supposed to live if she cannot earn a living to support herself and her children? Maybe before these neanderthals open their mouths, they might want to try on women’s pumps. Just saying.