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.
Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.