Moroccan women will finally be able to pass their citizenship on to their non-citizen spouses, according to a recent statement from Bassima Hakkaoui, the Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development on the sidelines of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) in New York.
“Borders should not deprive people of the right to nationality,” said the minister on Wednesday, adding that Morocco is currently working to put in place procedures that would allow women to easily transmit citizenship to their husbands.
At the meeting organized by the NGO “Global Campaign for Equality of Rights in Nationality” and UN-Women. Hakkaoui said that no child in Morocco is living in a situation of statelessness, as the authorities are working to allow Moroccan women to transmit their nationality to their non-citizen spouses.
The high-level meeting was attended by several UN officials, including Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN-Women; Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Affairs, Gender and Children, Isata Kabia; and the Director of the Global Campaign for Equal Rights in Nationality, Catherine Harrington
The Moroccan official pointed out that more than 33,500 children of Moroccan mothers and non-citizen spouses have been granted Moroccan nationality, as mandated by the nationality law adopted in 2007.
Moroccan citizenship is also granted to children of unknown parents and children in Morocco or abroad, according to a statement from Hakkaoui printed in Moroccan news source 2M.