On September 21-23, 19 members of Morocco’s civil society, coming from regions across the country, gathered in Marrakech from September 21 to 23 to learn how they can better fight for their and their fellow citizens basic freedoms. At the end of the workshop 10 advocacy projects centered on fundamental freedoms had been developed.

The first day of the seminar focused on international standards and the Moroccan legal framework related to Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly. The content was based on legal analysis reports that were developed at the beginning of our project.

During the second day, participants worked on advocacy techniques and were asked to develop their own small advocacy campaigns related to fundamental freedoms. The participants divided in small groups (regional or thematic) and developed 10 different project ideas.

During the third and last day, the groups presented their advocacy projects before trainers and project partners for constructive feedback.

The advocacy projects ideas presented included actions on the right to access public information, an ethical charter for journalists, access to education for children with disabilities, gender and access to water in a southern region of Morocco, migrants’ rights, the rights of agricultural women workers, access to heath in the region of Tata and equality in inheritance.

After the seminar, participants will have the possibility to apply for small grants in order to implement their project ideas. The 5 best small projects will be selected by the project partners and trainers to receive small grants.

The project is implemented by IREX Europe, Adala, ARTICLE 19 MENA and the UNESCO office for the Maghreb countries, over a 26-month period.