Happy International Women’s Day!
Today is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all over the world.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco is especially proud of the successes of Moroccan women throughout history. Further, the success of Moroccan women living in Australia is extraordinary.
This year, the Embassy is proud to present the work of Meriem Daoui. Born in Morocco, she was the Tasmanian state recipient of Young Australian of the Year in 2023 for her marathon running to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Every day for one week Meriem ran Tasmania’s Point-to-Pinnacle course, which is considered to be the world’s hardest half-marathon. She managed to raise over $12,000. However, this was not a one off for Meriem, she was also awarded the Australian Peter Norman Humanitarian award in 2021 and at only the age of 16 she raised over $5,000 for displaced Syrians affected by the Civil War. She is a perfect example of the exceptional accomplishments of Moroccan women in Australia and overseas.
Click here to learn more about Meriem: https://cms.australianoftheyear.org.au/recip.../meriem-daoui
Morocco is setting an example in the Arab-Muslim world in regards to its promotion of gender equality. Under the leadership of H.M King Mohammed VI, Morocco is continuously updating and improving its legislation to protect, uphold, and promulgate the role of women in several sectors including political, social, and religious. Morocco’s progress and the several new reforms are a positive reflection of its willingness to promote women in all areas.
There is still progress to be made worldwide to achieve the needed gender equality, however we are proud of our country’s achievements thus far. As the old African proverb states, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a Nation,” and we look forward to seeing this in action in the future.