The International Herald Tribune ran an interesting article about 2 Moroccan women who both are working for the advancement of women’s rights and yet have two distinctive approaches on how it should be done.
Morocco’s dueling feminists are part and parcel of a political struggle taking place across the region. Secular democratic and human-rights activists keep their distance from Islamic activists, arguing that the religion is autocratic and wants to use democratic measures only to impose its rules on marriage, dress, and social and sexual mores.
Islamists counter that religious teachings and human rights aren’t at odds. They charge that their adversaries want to suppress their freedoms, effectively putting the secularists in league with dictatorships that rule most of the Middle East.
Regardless of different views, it’s great to see a vibrant and healthy exchange of ideas among Moroccan women who essentially have the same goals but just different ways of attaining them.