Wednesday , October 20 2021

Reportage. With the collective #Masaktach against harassment on the street


Collective #Masaktach distributes whistles to women this weekend, inviting them to use in case of harassment. The business was held in some major cities. Médias24 was accompanied by members of the collective team in Casablanca.

#Ila_dsser_seffri "" If you are harassed, whistle! This is the message that members of the #Masaktach collection had relayed the social networks before invading the Moroccan streets this weekend on November 10 to raise awareness of harassment. Collective Vine #Masaktach invites women to bring themselves Whistling and do not hesitate to use them if they are victims of harassment in the public space.

In Rabat, Marrakech or Casablanca, it was the great mobilization.

Médias24 accompanies a group of activists involved in the movement, women and men from different backgrounds, ages and backgrounds, in their collective action against harassment. T-shirts with "Masaktach" seals, hundreds of whistles and printed extracts of the anti-harassment law (Arabic and French), members who were distributed, sensitized and discussed with women and men met the Casablanca streets according to their tours.

Why the whistle?

The whistle is the first for the symbolic. Women of collective desire, through this initiative, to attract the attention of the public. According to Leila Slassi, a corporate lawyer and co-founder of the collective organization, the scourge is being set up and many consider it natural for a woman to be harassed on the street.

By suspending the publication of the anti-harassment law, the activists of collective wishes make it clear to all Moroccan women that they have the right to denounce this kind of behavior if they have to become victims.

But that's not all. According to Wassila Slassi, co-founder of #Masaktach, when foreigners are in a difficult situation, foreigners are paralyzed. They are unable to scream or cause any verbal exchange. "The reaction takes time, so the whistle is a good alternative," he says.

A point shared by Mouhcine Benyachou, Moroccan psychiatrist. "At the time of the sexual assault, the woman is in a state called" silence. "She feels submissive and vulnerable, becomes silent and the whistle delivery is symbolic, but it responds to a real need," says the psychiatrist. .

More than a symbol, the whistle can be an effective way to ask for help in case of harassment or aggression.

Collective #Masaktach

The team initially started with the hashtag #Lamjarrad_Out to call Moroccan radios to stop broadcasting the songs performed by Saad Lamjarrad.

Then, companions of Leila Slassi chained to the hashtag #justice_pour_khadija. The team supported the young Khadija, a girl who was kidnapped, isolated and tattooed to Oulad Ayad from the first day.

12 women today are the collective.

With the initiative "If we harass you, we whistle" #Ila_dsser_seffri, the movement is best known.

As a reminder, harassment is punishable by law. Article 503-1-1 provides: "He is guilty of sexual harassment and is punished by imprisonment of one to six months and a fine of 2,000 to 10,000 DH or one of these sentences, continues to harass others in the following cases:

"- in public or other places, by acts, words, gestures of a sexual nature or for sexual purposes.

– written, telephone or e-mail, recordings or images of a sexual nature or for sexual purposes.

"The penalty doubles if the writer is a colleague or responsible for maintaining order and security in public places or others."

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