Meet some of the people in KVINFO’s partners in Morocco.
Photos: Mai Rasmussen
“My husband is not having an easy time with my work. He usually follows me around to watch over me.” But Maryam carries on as she started and has just opened her first exhibition on an artisan’s market in Marrakesh.
Born with a leg which won’t cooperate with her other leg. She sews and embroiders her crafts which are sold by the cooperative. “I worried a lot about my problems. Mentally it makes a huge difference to work. I have actually stopped thinking about hurdles.”
Leader of the farm workers union UMT. Among other things she works with training of leaders and has taken part in forming a network of female trade union activists: “All women should know their rights. Women should not be marginalized forever.”
“It is demanding to work both at home and in the cooperative. I try to find the balance.” Like most of the others in the cooperatives she has an unspoken deal with her husband that as long as the home is spotless she can continue to exercise her craft.
Ph.D. and expert in the Amazir culture, which includes berbers and tuaregs among others. She’s the leader of the network RFEMN which works with mentoring. “Tawisa is a concept in amazari culture. It is about giving and receiving a helping hand during harvest. The principle in mentoring is the same.”
Single mother of two grown children and lives with her parents after her divorce. She now makes money on her handicrafts. “The biggest difference for me is actually inside myself. I feel more free and independent,” she says. Foto: KVINFO
“Initially men of course see women as being worth less than men. So to advance women must have ambitions and show that they have the needed skills and competences. Otherwise they can’t succeed.”
Ph.D. from the universities in Fez and Aalborg (though KVINFO). “I actually used to laugh at feminists and gender studies. But my study has taught me to question things and not take them for granted. I search for the reasons why things are the way they are.”
40 years old and has been picking strawberries for a living for 15. Before that she picked lemons. And before that tomatoes. Two years ago she joined a union. Khadija represents her colleagues during negotiations with her boss over wages and work conditions.
Moroccan entrepreneur. Her web platforms inform and advises about education and career in Africa and the Middle East. “My goal? I envision that my company should be Google in the field of education. Just give me a few years.”