Women’s Rights and Islam
Many outside of Islam believe that the tradition puts restrictions on women with regards to property rights, education, dress, marriage, and employment. But are all of these ideas well informed, or are they stereotypes based on media portrayals?
Morocco is an Islamic country. Moving past the media headlines, this project will introduce participants to women and young people in Morocco to see what life for them is really like. We will meet women who work in Parliament, women spreading the concept of Islamic Feminism, and NGOs who work to support women in areas of employment and education. Participants will stay with homestay families allowing them to experience authentic home life and food while in Rabat. While the project is based in the capital city of Rabat, participants will take excursions to both Marrakesh and Casablanca.
|Day 1: Travel to Morocco||Orientation “Introduction to Morocco”|
|Day 2: Walking Tour of Rabat||Orientation to Morocco and Arabic
“Gender Dynamics in Morocco”
Family Life in the Old City of Rabat
|Day 3: Lecture: Women and Islam in Morocco||Lecture Women in Moroccan Politics
Pre-Colonial Educational System: Coranic Schools
|Day 4: Women in Rural and Urban Areas: Customs and Traditions||Dinner with Host Families|
|Day 5: Experiential Learning: Bread and Tea Making||Amnesty Morocco: Presentation and Discussion
Dinner with host families
|Day 6: Site Visits and Discussions with NGOs||Musical Performance with Homestays|
|Day 7: Travel to Marrakesh||Visit 11th Century Village, Van to Aghmat
Tour, Dinner and Discussion with Women's Cooperative
|Day 8: Guided Tour of the Old City of Marrakesh||Free time and dinner at hotel|
|Day 9: Travel to Casablanca||Meet with Members of Solidarite Feminine
Lunch with Single Mothers from Solidarite Feminine
|Day 10: Tour of Hassan II Mosque||Travel back to Gettysburg|
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