International Feminist Issues Roundup: Amina Al Filali, victim of the patriarchy, martyr at 16

She is a martyr at the age of 16. Amina Al Filali, a young Moroccan girl, committed suicide last Saturday, after being forced to marry the man who raped her when she was 15. Indeed, an article in the Moroccan Penal Code allows the rapist to escape any penalty if he spouses the victim. This is directly related to the issue of virginity of woman, which in several Arab societies, guarantees the family honor.

This tragedy is in headlines all around the World Wide Web:
Aljazeera: Moroccans call for end to rape-marriage laws

The Telegraph: Rape victim’s death shocks nation

Atlas: Morocco, the story of Amina: martyred at age 16, killed by abuse and tradition

Jornal De Notícias: Moroccan revolt against law that allows rapists to marry victims


  1. Thanks so much for this piece, Manis. For whatever reason the issue of violence in Arab societies does not seem to be very front and center anymore. I really appreciate you covering this important topic.
    Is this news more visible in Europe?

  2. Thanks Janice for your positive comment. Indeed, this news is more visible in Europe, especially in Spain, Italy and France (geohistorical relations, post-colonial point of view, and also the presence of Moroccan immigration). In France, unfortunately, a lot (but not all) of the reactions (Internet users for example) have gone with islamophobia. In fact, as far as I know, in France, feminism is not a national cause, whereas Islam is the hobbyhorse of several politicians and thus of the media.

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