“Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.” •UN Women•
Child marriage is an outrageous issue. Around 4 years ago, in my home country Morocco, a rapist was allowed to marry his victim so he could get free and suffer no sanction. The family’s honour was more important than the girl’s dignity and rights.
The case of Amina Filali is one of a 16-year-old girl forced to marry her rapist. She killed herself. The announcement of Amina’s suicide has outraged social media platforms and caused many feminist associations to react, which have been mobilising for years to abolish this article without success.
Thanks to the great effort of these associations, Article 475 of the Moroccan Penal Code was abolished in January 2014.
Many laws in Morocco as well as around the world need to be reformed because they contain provisions that allow women to be discriminated against and fail to protect them from violence. There is always room for improvement as long as you are willing to fight. Women’s struggle for equality became a natural part of a movement and of a context where there is a necessity to affirm the question of equality, at the center of constructing a more democratic and modern state. The case of Amina Filali has shown that women could be heard and make their rights become a reality.