Controversy resurfaced over preventing Moroccan women from entering hotels in their cities of residence, as parliamentarians criticized the treatment of racial discrimination with women at a time when male citizens are allowed to enter without condition or restriction.
In this context, the Socialist Group in the Congress of Deputies registered this situation with regret, considering that it is unacceptable that women face this prohibition every time they go to a hotel on vacation, or similar, for reasons related to a “patrol” or “what happened.” to work”.
Moulay Al-Mahdi Al-Fatimi, a federal parliamentarian, said: “This measure contributes to violating women’s rights, violates the constitution, affects the economy, strikes at the principle of equality at its core, burdens citizens and shames them.” , and from a legal point of view, we do not find any legal text based on it. Hotel owners and security services prevent women from booking hotel rooms. In fact, the current laws guarantee women the right to move and stay anywhere in Morocco, and if there are any restrictions on this right, they include women and men alike. Thus, we find that the Moroccan constitution, which is the highest law in the country, and no law, newspaper or publication can violate it, guaranteeing both women and men the right to move and find solutions in all available places.”
It added that the constitution establishes in the last paragraph of chapter 24 of the same that “everyone is guaranteed, in accordance with the law, the freedom to move and settle in the national territory, leave it and return to it,” and continued : “Since no law has been enacted that restricts the freedom of women to move or stay in hotels, any action in this context is considered a violation of the constitution, because the latter provided that the restriction of freedom of movement is by law, and not through security patrol or hotelier jurisprudence.
Al-Fatimi stated that preventing women from staying in hotels in their cities contradicts the constitution and the laws that provide for gender equality, considering the matter a detraction of women’s dignity, and called on the government, within a written question reached by Hespress, which reveals the measures it will take to issue a counter period distributed to the hotels, and to sanction non-diligence in this regard by the owners.
Lahcen Zelmat, president of the National University for the Hotel Industry, said that “the problem is not raised at the level of hotels, but at the level of lack of clarity in the law; Hotel owners fear that the authorities will be held accountable, so they resort to preventing women from reserving rooms.”
Zalmat added, in relation to Hespress, that “the problem must be resolved at the level of the legislative institution, and not at the level of the hotels whose owners fear that they will be prosecuted for corruption charges,” noting the need to “amend the criminal law, which has not changed in decades and has maintained illegal provisions, it is clear what is considered corruption and what is not.
The rector of the National University of Hospitality affirmed that “there are other aspects that can be considered discrimination, related to not allowing women to work, either in restaurants or bars, especially at night, except after obtaining the father’s license, husband or brother, and also the security guard.”
The speaker criticized what he described as the lack of seriousness on the part of the nation’s representatives who do not raise with the required courage some issues related to the freedoms and rights of women, for fear of the conservative movement.
Latifa Bouchoua, president of the Federation of Women’s Rights, said that this “discriminatory” measure does not exist in any legal text, considering that the matter is “clear discrimination in light of the Moroccans’ invocation of the 2011 constitution , which stipulates equality, especially since matter was not raised with men”.
He added that “if the purpose of the measure is to prevent corruption, prevention has its own media and educational mechanism, and some problems in society are addressed in other ways, not at the expense of women and their image.”
The spokeswoman confirmed that “several women needed to book hotel rooms for their own reasons, and the hotelier could not interfere with them or their details. And if there is a law, it should include all citizens equally, otherwise the matter will seriously damage Morocco’s image.”