I’ve stopped thinking about whether or not I should do it. I will definitely run for elections!
I am Saida a wife, mother, owner and director of my own nursery as well as a member of the municipal council of Imintanout, in Morocco. Being one of only two women of the elected council, my political activism comes with a lot of obstacles and challenges. Here, male figures run the place and all types of abuses are exercised on a daily basis against women. It’s still very difficult for women to live freely and independently.
The cultural restrictions of my village have never stood in my way and I strive to change the community’s mentality for women to receive the same kind of support as men. A lot of work still needs to happen for women’s lives to improve.
The AMAL programme, which means hope in Arabic, was a crucial part of my professional, personal and political journey. After completing the trainings I felt like I could face anyone. I want to challenge people’s mindset about women so that they become open minded and much more aware of our rights.
I want to keep helping people and especially poor and marginalised women. I want to work towards amending the rules of the municipal council and allow women to become heads of council. I want my community to be open to other communities. I want people to be more culturally aware.
I feel like I have acquired this new type of self-worth, I can achieve anything now that I know how to better deal with challenges to my rights.
AMAL – which means hope in Arabic – supports women’s transformative leadership in Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The programme works with partner organisations to enable women from poor communities to strengthen their confidence, knowledge of their rights and their campaigning and advocacy skills. The aim is for these women to become leaders who can work with their communities reclaim their right to political and civic participation and achieve long lasting positive change.
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