Frontline Club
By Ratha Lehall

Morchidats

Rosa Rogers and Hilary Durman answer audience questions following the screening of Casablanca Calling

On Friday 30 January, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of Casablanca Calling, which was followed by a Q&A session with director Rosa Rogers and producer Hilary Durman. The documentary focuses on three Morchidat: women who work in schools, prisons, mosques and communities across Morocco to educate the population about the true meaning of Islam, with a particular focus on the role of women.

The Morchidat provide support and advice to women and girls, many of whom are experiencing difficulties at home or at work. The training of women in this capacity was an initiative implemented by King Mohammed IV of Morocco as part of a series of legislative reforms which strengthened the rights of women, and assigned them greater protection under family law.

The Morchidat were first introduced in 2006, following the Casablanca bombings of 2003, partly in response to concern over the way religion was being taught and interpreted within many mosques around the country.