When I got my Peace Corps assignment to Morocco, I immediately sought out recommendations of books and movies from friends who had been there and especially Arabic professors who provided a more nuanced view on the history, culture, and politics. It was hard to find books and movies in the public library in my small… Continue reading 5 Book recommendations to get a fuller picture of the diversity of Morocco and Moroccans
My post "Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community" was featured on the Peace Corps Morocco Gender and Development (GAD) Committee blog. Check it out!
Role models Like I mentioned in an earlier blog, role models of educated or workingwomen are hard to find; a girl’s goal is to settle down and start a household. Like teenage girls in any country, I often find girls heads filled with boys and not about their studies or learning a new skill, working,… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 3: Role models, Miriem’s story, and my different upbringing and values
Different expectations I also find that parents don’t have high expectations for their girls’ education. Perhaps they can’t imagine anything beyond their own experience or maybe they are pessimistic about the general economic situation. Even if their daughters attend high school, parents consider that education for a housewife is not necessary. I challenge that point… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 2: Different expectations and Khadija’s story
I will upload this post in 3 parts. I have changed the names of my friends to protect their privacy. First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Morocco and Marrakesh made me reflect deeply on the struggles of girls in my community to achieve an education. When I look back upon my year’s work at… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 1: Housework and Fatima Zahara’s story
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I was on vacation most of August and September in Spain. The village was dead with the intense summer heat. I didn’t see anyone out and about until 6pm. Lots of people traveled to see family in duars (farming villages), Marrakesh, or coastal towns (Agadir, Casablanca, and Rabat).… Continue reading Dar shebab and markaz update and Supporting People with Special Needs workshop
The day after I got back to my village from the Library workshop, I left for an Employability training at Peace Corps Morocco headquarters in Rabat with my Moroccan counterpart Achraf, a 27-year old construction worker, plumber, and electrician in town. The UNDP cites the employment to population ratio (age 15 +) is 45.9; the… Continue reading Many say they want to find a job, get married, and start a family: first Employability training!!!