Everything about this initiative is amazing. The color palette, how the website looks “young” and adapted to our time. They also have many events related to gender, race, feminist internet, digital safety, and more. I love the intersection between all the different themes. It is based in Paris, France but covers Africa and its diasporas, which being 100% feminist.
Great mentions to legal vs societal contradictions. The penalties for digital violence go up to three years in prison but many women are unaware of the provisions of this law. Also loved the mention to feminist movements who widely criticized this law for its shortcomings.
This interview just shows the sad reality as the case of Loubna is not an isolated one. Her ex-fiancé posted intimate photos of her on social media because she left him. Of course she is the one who felt “guilty”, her family ostracized her and she had to quit his job. The big issue is that in Morocco relationships outside of marriage are punished by article 490 of the penal code, although there is a law protecting in case of harassment (including cyber harassment), Loubna almost faced jail time.
This is literally the only study done in Morocco based on a survey on OGBV. Also it reflects on how the majority of Moroccan women women interviewed have been victims of OGBV. A lot have also decided to remain silent because of the way it is perceived by society. The sad reality is that women fear of being seen as responsible, and others have told that they have been punished . This summary also showcases how little action is being taken against the aggressor.
Houda shares her motivation and goal behind the creation of Diha Frassek. She mentions how the idea came into realization and how the movement went viral, gained support from influencers, the press and the younger generations. She also shared her experience with assisting victims of OGBV and the ultimate goal of ending stigmas surrounding victim blaming in Morocco. It was very interesting to listen to this podcast because we learn about grassroots feminist work, and that most victims don’t know their rights, and even if they do, they are too scared to be “dishonored” by the family.