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Morocco between the African and Arab Identity:

by Sana Afouaiz - 02 March 2015

Blog-Manu04This short article is dedicated to all Africans who say, I’m not African and all the Arabs who say, I’m not Arab.

The issue of the Moroccan identity seems to be a debate that I always have to explain whenever I travel, especially when I meet some of my African and Arab fellows. Africans would ask me “Where are you from?”, me: “Morocco”, them: “Ah, you are an Arab who don’t admit the African origins”, then Arabs ask the same and then say, “Oh you are the ones who don’t speak Arabic only French”. I’m not saying all the Africans and Arabs think the same way, but these answers and questions I’ve heard from many of them. Then I had to explain that Moroccan identity is a mix of Arab, African and Amazighi culture, which make Morocco one of the most diverse countries, with different languages, ethnics and cultures. But for some it seems difficult to understand.

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Why 2015 should be key to gender equality and women’s rights

by Sana Afouaiz - 02 March 2015

Blog-Manu03Empowering women is not only a natural human right to achieve, but also a crucial economic objective to ending poverty and boosting economic development.

Let’s go back over the past few years. The incredible work of women's movements across the world has brought some positive changes. Countries started to recognize the fact that it is necessary to meet the needs of the other half of the population (women) which is left out of education and work, and, in addition, excluded from decision-making.

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Youth unemployment in Africa, whom to blame?

by Sana Afouaiz - 01 January 2015

Fotolia 52035662 XSDo the African governments establish any national plans to confront the economic crisis facing their youth? Are Africans in Diaspora a forgotten element of the African economic development?

Who should be blamed? The foreign colonization? The African governments? Or the youth themselves?

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2015 11:42

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The two sides of technology

by Sana Afouaiz - 01 October 2014

Blog-Gender01An understanding of information technology has pushed women to catapult from the ranks of the unemployed to leading their own businesses. Access to the Internet improves their education and provides them with opportunities to search and apply for jobs, exchange programs, apply for admission to universities, as well as earning an additional income, thereby empowering themselves and their communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:07

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