Women workers at the Manufacture du Morocco, a textile plant in the suburbs of Rabat, have been on strike since Nov. 10 because of the violence and extreme sexual harassment company officials used against one of their union leaders.
The Democratic Association of Moroccan Women has been organizing a support campaign for these striking women. The women point out that this strike against sexual harassment is a first in Morocco and indeed in the Arab world.
Khadia Khaireddine, secretary general of the union at MDM,
was arbitrarily fired and then attacked in front of the
plant gates by the company supervisor. Workers at the plant,
who have been insulted and sexually harassed constantly,
walked out and began a sit-in in front of the plant gates.
They are demanding their leader and 17 of her comrades be
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