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LDDF-INJAD: a network against gender-based violence in Morocco

2 November 2023 • NEWS

The LDDF-INJAD network against gender-based violence is a Moroccan association that is an integral part of the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues. Founded in 2009, its main objective is to combat gender-based violence and provide vital support to women who are victims of gender-based violence.

Interview with Chaimae TOUATI, LDDF-INJAD communication officer.

Could you give an overview of what the LDDF-INJAD network is and what its fundamental mission is?

The network operates nine listening centres throughout Morocco, where legal advice and psychological support are offered to women who have suffered gender-based violence. It also runs the TILILA shelter in Mohammedia, north-east of Casablanca, for women in distress.

Each year, our centres receive an average of 1,000 to 1,600 women. In general, 80% of these women are victims of domestic violence in all its forms, while the remaining 20% are victims of extra-marital violence.

The association’s fundamental objectives are as follows:

To defend the values of equality between women and men.

To combat all forms of discrimination and thoughts of inferiority towards women.

To combat all forms of gender-based violence.

Raise awareness and educate women on the concept of gender-based violence.

Empower women victims of gender-based violence by actively involving them in the fight against violence and by encouraging them to change their reality and their discriminatory experiences.

To better understand the network, could you explain how it works to achieve its objectives?

At the heart of its operation, the network is based on a multidimensional and collaborative approach:

Operational project management and communication: 

Implementing rigorous project management, through a dedicated team, to effectively coordinate its activities. This includes planning, budgeting, and allocating resources to ensure that the listening centres, etc., are fully operational.

The network recognises the importance of digital communication in raising awareness of gender violence and women’s rights issues among a wider audience.

In the centres:

Operational listening, legal advice and psychological support centres welcome women who are victims of gender violence.

The Tilila centre, with its dedicated staff, offers legal support and implements programmes to strengthen women’s socio-economic autonomy.

Awareness, capacity-building and collaboration:

The network raises awareness and builds the capacity of its team to promote positive change.

It works closely with other organisations, government institutions and civil society partners to broaden the impact of its actions and ensure optimum access to the necessary resources and expertise.

What does the collaboration with Santé Sud in the SentinElles project involve, and how does it help you to achieve your objectives?

The collaboration with Santé Sud as part of the SentinElles programme, on the project entitled “3Inaya: Concerted action for the respect of sexual and reproductive health rights and gender equality”, consists of implementing a programme aimed at promoting and strengthening the respect of sexual and reproductive health rights, as well as gender equality, while preventing gender-based violence.

This collaboration will help us to achieve our objectives by strengthening the quality and coordination of mechanisms for promoting sexual and reproductive health rights, raising awareness of a culture of equality, preventing gender-based violence, and caring for survivors in several regions of Morocco, including Beni Mellal-Khénifra, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, and Casablanca-Settat, with a national scope.

 

What are the project’s current results and anticipated impact on the communities concerned?

Launched in 2022, the “3Inaya” project has produced numerous results for the communities concerned:

Development and dissemination of a booklet of key messages to promote the rights and culture of gender equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

An awareness-raising campaign on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and the culture of gender equality was conducted in social networks, schools, health centres and public places in the regions of Béni Mellal-Khenifra, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Casablanca-Settat.

A care fund has been set up to support 240 survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). A monitoring and evaluation system has been set up to collect data on cases of GBV, which will support advocacy for the promotion of rights, the prevention of GBV and the protection of survivors.

Could you share recent informations or updates on the development of the LDDF-INJAD network and/or the activities of the SentinElles project in Morocco?

 

Actions in progress:

The creation and performance of three forum plays, including the promotion of key messages on sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as the culture of gender equality, among 30 teenagers. The aim is to educate, raise awareness and encourage responsible and egalitarian behaviour among the young participants.

The INJAD network is currently actively engaged in preparing its annual report on violence. This report plays an essential role in documenting and analysing data relating to the situation of violence in Morocco, thus providing a clear perspective on the extent and trends of this scourge within our society.

The network is also enthusiastically preparing for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism campaign, a global initiative to raise awareness and take action against violence against women. The campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, will mobilise individuals, organisations and communities to promote gender equality and put an end to gender-based violence.

The INJAD network continues to play an active and crucial role in the fight against violence and the promotion of women’s rights.

 

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