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Casablanca, Morocco, March 2014

 

This project in Casablanca was conducted in collaboration with the French Institute and four different groups: women from the Oukacha prison in Casablanca, a group from the Cooperative of Hay Mohammady (one of the poorest areas in Casablanca), the Federation of the Democratic League of Women (FLDDF) and the Association of Aicha Chenna: Solidarité Féminine (celibate mothers). With these women, during they embroider, we discussed the wide topic of the construction and the rule of women in building a society. We have also sound documentation.

Thanks to Fathna El Bouih, we collaborate with a group of women in the Oukacha prison. We asked them to embroider a portrait of two militant women prisoners during the “années de plomb” (Saïda Menebhi and Fathna El Bouih), but the guards decided that we could not embroider in relation to Saïda Menebhi. It was really difficult working with them, because of the warden, who was afraid of what we were doing and finally she destroyed the artwork.

The women told us they are in prison because charged with adultery, drugs, aggression, prostitution, …

At the Cooperative Hay Mohammady and at the FLDDF, groups were free and motivated to tell their lives and to speak about the subject of the responsibility of women in building a society.

In Morocco if you have children without to be married, you’re completely cast out from the society and very often also from the own family. With the extremely interesting group of celibate mothers, we discuss with them during they embroider drawing of plants pollination, and we understood that these young girl had an opinion founded on the hardness of their life. Not all of them really wanted to tell their personal story, because they just wanted to forget and go on in the future with their children, trying to obtain a better life for their offspring than what they had experienced themselves.

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