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Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
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outcome XM-DAC-41146-MAR_D_1.1

Public policies and budgets at national and local levels are gender sensitive and are enhanced by comprehensive and dynamic normative frameworks and standards

Some progress was made towards the achievement of outcome 1.1 in 2021. In the area of public policies, 2021 saw the presentation of the New Development Model (“NMD”) by the Special Commission for the Development Model, based on a broad consultative process (including UN Women). The NMD places women's economic empowerment, both in urban and rural areas, as one of its priorities. It aims to strengthen the inclusion and activity of women in the economic, social and political spheres, while targeting the achievement of a level of women's participation in the labour force of around 45% by 2035 compared to 19.9% in 2020.The Gender Budget Report for the 2022 Finance Bill, presented to parliament in October 2021, included an analysis of the potential economic gains in terms of GDP growth to be achieved with the targets set by the NMD : the increased access to economic opportunities could contribute to a gain in terms of GDP growth of up to 5% per year between 2022 and 2035.In the domain of gender responsive budgeting, the budget circular issued in March 2021 by the Head of Government providing the general orientations for the three-year budgetary period 2022-2024 called all line ministries and institutions to adhere and actively engage in the national gender equality plan (PGE, Plan Gouvernemental pour l’Egalité), as well as the National Programme for Women’s Economic Empowerment (Maroc Attamkine). The circular invites Ministerial departments and institutions to identify gender-sensitive projects, and formulate objectives measured by gender-sensitive indicators in their performance-based budget programmes. For ministries having carried out a Gender Sector Analysis, the circular invites to consider the recommendations of these analyses. The impact of the 2021 budget circular will be observed in the 2022 Finance Law. Concerning the 2021 Finance Law, the analysis of the Ministry of Economy and Finance covering the budget programmes of 35 line ministries, revealed a slight increase of the number of gender-responsive and gender-sensitive programmes as compared to 2020. In terms of gendered objectives, their number increased from 27% in 2020 to 30% in 2021. With respect to the gender indicators, they slightly increased from 22% on 2020 to 23% in 2021. However, challenges remain to strengthen qualitative aspects such as the relevance of certain objectives and indicators with respect to the key gender gaps in the sector.With regard to the gender-sensitive territorial governance programme, 2 key results were achieved in 2021. The Morocco office organized 28 virtual training sessions for the benefit of 2 regional (Tanger Tetouan Al Hoceima and Rabat Salé Kenitra) and 30 communal Insatnces of the Equity, Equal Opportunity and Gender Approach Bodies (IEEGAGs). The trainings focused on gender concepts and aimed to clarify the role of the IEEGAGs at the regional and local levels. A gender-sensitive action plan (2020-2021) was developed by each IEEGAG as a result of these trainings. At the central level, 2021 is marked by the formal establishment of a gender unit at the DGCT (composed of gender focal points from each of the 12 departments). This new unit will enable the implementation of a "gender" action plan at the DGCT level. A retreat aimed at building the capacities of the members of this unit (in terms of gender concepts and gender-sensitive local planning) has been organized.
outcome XM-DAC-41146-MAR_D_1.2

Strengthened policy and financial environment to enable gender-responsive national adaptation and effective monitoring of the SDGs

Continuous progress was made towards the achievement of outcome 1.2 in 2021. The context of the COVID-19 shifting priorities towards resolving the crisis and a changing political landscape notably with the formation of a new government in Morocco have delayed ongoing institutional and legal procedures.Nevertheless, building up on the cogent analytical reports supported by UN Women in 2020 which enabled to identify articles to be amended and prepare a gender-sensitive amendment to draft law No. 109-14 on the national statistical system based on international best practices and recommendations; UN Women has pursued its awareness raising initiatives to integrate gender-statistics in the Statistical bill and reform its governance mechanism.Indeed, in 2021 UN Women facilitated meetings with the HCP top management including with the High commissioner to discuss the stakes of a gender inclusion in the draft of statistical law . In addition UN Women has sought to raise awareness amongst additional institutional decision-makers (the ministry of Investment, convergence and evaluation of public policies) on this issue, to build institutional momentum in 2022 .
outcome XM-DAC-41146-MAR_D_1.3

Strengthened production of gender statistics to enable the monitoring of national policies and reporting commitments under the SDGs

The outcome was achieved in 2021. UN Women Morocco successfully supported the production of gender statistics related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Moroccan households . Indeed, UN Women supported the HCP in launching their third phase of the COVID-19 survey which will enable the production of more precise, comprehensive and SDG oriented data because (i)the survey is individualized thus allowing a better measurement of the individual impact from the pandemic and more differentiated gender-responsive policies and (ii) it covers a more comprehensive sample of 10000 households instead of 2300 thus enabling a regionalization of the results and a better monitoring of the SDGs. In addition, UN Women supported the elaboration of the first households satellite account in Morocco, which is providing insightful data and information on the dynamics of women’s trade-off between non- market and market production. The household Satellite Account Report and the report on women's contribution to the household satellite account were delivered. These reports will inform policy makers and fuel awareness raising initiatives in favour of women economic empowerment. The report will be launched in 2022Finally UN Women supported the analysis of gender dynamics and social norms within Moroccan households and their evolution. This analysis has produced cogent and insightful data and information to identify obstacles hindering women’ economic empowerment. The report will be launched in 2022
outcome XM-DAC-41146-MAR_D_1.4

Improved use of gender statistics by different players to inform advocacy, research, policies and programmes

Substantial progress was made towards the achievement of outcome 1.4 in 2020.UN Women supported the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in developing a user-friendly online platform to display key gender statistics related to the National Employment survey (ENE) in both French and Arabic. The ergonomic platform includes a homepage, a glossary, a simulation enabling the user to visualize key statistics depending on socio-demographics features, and 6 thematic pages ( (i) activity, (ii) employment, (iii) underemployment, (iv) unemployment, (v) gender, (vi) NEETs) each comprising (i) a dynamic diagram and interactive map displaying key statistics, (ii) an animated video displaying main concepts related to the theme, (iii), a video displaying key statistics on the subject, and (iv) a quiz questioning the users on the subject) The online platform will be officially launched the 8th march 2022.This platform will pave the way for more user-friendly dissemination actions and as a matter of fact, UN Women has already started supporting the development on another online platform dedicated to gender statistics to ensure a greater coverage and dissemination of strategic gender statistics . An animated video explaining gender statistics and how critical they are, has also been developed in 2021 and will be launched on the gender platform in Q2 2022 In addition, UN Women provided support to the HCP in disseminating key gender statistics on violence against women and on the gendered impact of COVID-19 in a user-friendly and interactive manner, notably through the development animated videos in Arabic and French.The animated videos displaying the main statistics from the National Survey on Violence Against Women have been shared in the HCP and UN Women social platforms during the 16 days of activism against VAW campaign alongside infographics . Links towards HCP publications :Link Facebook on VAW video part 2 in arabic : Link Facebook infographics : Twitter infographics : Links towards UN Women publications : Link Facebook infographics : Link Twitter infographics : vidéos on the ROAS Youtube channel : Violence against women and girls - Part 1 ( French) : against women and girls - part 2 (French) : against women - Part 1 (Arabic) :
outcome XM-DAC-41146-MAR_D_2.1

An enabling environment is established to promote economic empowerment and decent employment for women

In an aim to support the implementation of gender-responsive macroeconomic policies, UNW Morocco CO engaged into a joint initiative with ILO to support the Ministry of Finance in adapting existing analytical tools and conducting evidence-based country assessments to evaluate gender-sensitivity of macro-economic policies and recovery fiscal stimulus and demonstrate economic returns of investment in the care economy. The objective of the joint initiative is to improve the analytical capacity of economic policy decision-makers to integrate gender considerations into macro-level policy.
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