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Tools for » Multi-sector Programme to fight against gender-based violence through the empowerment of women and girls, Morocco
Project ID:00067160Description:MDGF-1707-B-MAR Prog against g
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 14 Sep 2007
MDGF Gender Equal & Empowermt
End Date*: 28 Jun 2012
Country: Morocco Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


The Tamkine JP has contributed to the implementation of reforms that protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. This was achieved through the capacity development of institutional actors and civil society and through the setting up of a juridical system responding to the needs of  women and girls survivors of Gender-Based Violence. It has also contributed to raising awareness and knowledge of the prevalence of violence against women and girls in Morocco with the first ever official national survey undertaken in 2009.

In addition, the support to the global budget reform and particularly the mainstreaming of gender-responsive budgeting has translated into a greater ownership from public finances and the publication of an annual report on gender budgeting. The project has also supported reforms in terms of local governance and women’s participation in politics, as well as developing the capacity and expertise of local actors in order to promote the mainstreaming of gender and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) within the local and regional programmes.


Outcome 1:

EVAWG Public policies, programmes and action plan are reinforced and have adequate financial resources.

Outcome achievements:

4 outputs are included in this outcome. Each had to be adapted during the JP implementation leading to budgetary reallocations. The main achievements were the reinforcement of the national juridical framework, with a proposed amendment to the penal law and the development of a proposed draft law on domestic violence, domestic work, and the prohibition of minor girls’ domestic work. Another result is knowledge improvement regarding GBV and women’s empowerment. For the first time, a national survey was conducted highlighting  an alarming reference  situation of this phenomenon: 62,8% of women and girls between the ages of 18 and 64 have been victims of at least one violent act during the 12 months preceding the survey. Partners’ advocacy efforts were key to bringing to the highest level of government the need for efforts to curb GBV and guarantee the rights of women and girls. The advocacy efforts undertaken by the JP partners contributed to the embodiment of gender equality (art. 19) and the prohibition of all forms of torture and serious and systematic violations of Human Rights (art. 22) in the new constitution of the Kingdom of Morocco.


Outcome 2:

Women and girls human rights, especially ending Gender-Based Violence, are integrated into public policies and local governance programmes of six regions  and have adequate resources.

Outcome achievements:

The improvement of data production on gender and GBV has been completed and a standard genderized management system has been tested in 10 communes, based on the existing local systems (CMBS and SIC). Another important aspect has been the enhanced attention to address GBV through the institutionalization and the consolidation of coordination mechanisms for GBV in 6 regions covered by the programme. However, the expected coverage will not be achieved until after the end of the programme due to external constraints (early elections) that had led to delayed programme implementation.


Outcome 3:

Women and girl survivors of violence are supported and compensated from abuses.

Outcome achievements:

Essentially the efforts have focused on developing tools and mechanisms to consolidate and promote the referral system and improve the quality of their services. The programme’s main achievement in relation to this outcome is the development of reference guides, norms and standards as well as multifunctional service provider chains in order to improve service delivery.


Outcome 4:

Women and girls are key development players and their bargaining power is strengthened.

Outcome achievements:

In the 6 target regions, the JP has contributed to developing the institutional, operational and communication capacities of the multifunctional centers. Furthermore, new multifunctional centers and temporary shelters have been established, and income generating activities have been developed and implemented to contribute to women and girls’ social and economic empowerment. As a result of the increased capacity of the trained staff through the JP activities, rural women and girls attending the multifunctional centers  have become fully aware of their rights and of reproductive health issues.


Outcome 5:

People are more aware and conscious of Women and Girls Human Rights thanks to outreach, education and training activities.

Outcome achievements:

A sensitization campaign was launched on girls and women’s Human Rights and GBV, and their related aspects. This was implemented through raising the awareness of media on the issue, and the production of 80 radio programmes in various languages which have been regularly aired at regional and national level. A baseline was established that will serve to develop the national communication strategy on women and girls HR and GBV.


Outcome 6:

Enabling environment among different stakeholders created to undertake joint activities on ending GBV.

Outcome achievements:

This related primarily to the JP management unit. With the anticipated departure of the team, activities were undertaken directly by the JP direction and UN Women. The setting up of the management unit  overall contributed to increase the intersectoral coordination and dynamic and smoothly running decision-making bodies, management, and the joint programme’s operationalization.


Best practices:

The complementarities between activities undertaken in the same geographical contribute to consolidating the results, the impact and the visibility of the JP.

Built on what is there to ensure reliability and efficiency of the results (communities are able now to identifying themselves their challenge and bottlenecks to their socio-economic promotion and know how to act in order to address their limitations.

The incorporation of gender as a traversal issue has allowed obtaining commitment from the men to reinforce family dialogue where the place of girls, boys and mothers are enhanced.

The choice of isolated areas of intervention is relevant as regards to the needs of the population but creates difficulties for implementation of monitoring of activities.


Lessons learned:

The programme design should have focused on national capacity-building. This would have translated into a structured training plan to enhance national partners’ oversight capacity. The cumbersome procedures hindered national partners’ ownership. The lack of a hub or platform to allow the use of new information and communication technologies to capitalize and disseminate good practices. An excessively centralized decision making process that had not sufficiently included beneficiaries, locally elected representatives and public partners. There is a programme evaluability deficit given the absence of baseline data. Furthermore, it is very difficult to measure the impact of the programme on beneficiaries given the lack of adequate tools and monitoring indicators. It was necessary to develop a risk management strategy that will enable  to assess the impact of the programme. The objectives were ambitious as regards to the current political situation regarding decentralization.


More details can be found in the final project report:

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