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Digital Violence Against Women in Morocco

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Digital violence against women is a pressing concern that demands rigorous study and investigation due to its rapidly evolving nature, widespread reach, and significant impact on the well-being of women and their families. Yet this field of research is still in its infancy in the Middle East and North Africa region. The constraints of the pandemic have facilitated the proliferation of harmful practices, which have fortunately attracted the attention of researchers to the transformative consequences that must be anticipated and addressed.

This study aimed to comprehend the nature of the digital violence perpetrated against women in Morocco, the depth of its impact on them, and the extent of their ability to confront it and the available solutions and resources. To achieve this, a methodological approach that combined quantitative analysis and the qualitative data comprised expert opinions and testimonies of victims are combined, revealing that DVAW in Morocco is anonymous, has the capability to extend from the virtual realm to reality, and is predominantly perpetrated by men who reflect the violent tendencies inherent in society. Furthermore, this study found that the geographical location (village or city) plays a role in exacerbating the impact of this violence and limiting women’s capacity to respond to it. This study concluded that many women choose not to report a violent act due to a lack of trust, fear of further harm, or a lack of knowledge about the laws and regulations that could protect them. To break the cycle of digital violence, it is necessary to provide education and training on digital safety mechanisms, as well as education on human rights and the importance of equality at an early age. This will help create more just and equitable societies.