Marrakech Part 2; Moroccan Woman and Berber Man
|Rue Bab Agnaou|
|Where we bought our Moroccan fabrics|
Jo and I managed to meet and talk to a few local women on our travels through the city and adjoining rural landscape. While Jo was waiting to have henna tattoos put on her hands we met two groups of young women. One group were from a small village between Casablanca and Marrakech. They were interested in finding out where we were from and our opinions so far of Marrakech and Morocco. They had travelled to Marrakech for a pampering stay at a day spa and shopping, apparently something which Moroccan women love to come to Marrakech and do. They were outgoing and only too happy to share about their opinions and views on a range of subjects. The other group were students from a school in Casablanca who had been snow skiing in the nearby Atlas Mountains the day before. We spoke with the daughter of their teacher. Her name was Khadija. She is currently studying Economics and Business at a university in Casablanca and offered to show us around Casablanca if we had time to visit there.
|The women from the village outside Casablanca|
|The girls from Casablanca|
|Jo with the henna artist|
|Berber weekly markets|
|Berber chicken man|
|Tatza - Traditional family hamman|
|Women's co-operatice Askine|
Another woman Jo and I met owned a French style clothes boutique in the Qzadria district of the Medina. Originally from Provence in France she is now married to a Moroccan man and has lived in the Marrakech Medina for six years. This lady explained how she has worked hard at being successful in her little business but she was still a minority in a male dominated retail interface. She also felt that there was progress being made for women in Morocco but it was only on the beginning of the road forward. Yes, the King had good qualities and a genuine respect for women. Yes, corruption by politicians and government employees and the ill-treatment of women had been exposed. But still many class issues remained in Morocco and no matter what political changes had taken place, women were not in the same class as the men. The word subjugation comes to mind.
|The lady from the boutique|