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A LOOK TO THE MAGHRIBIAN WOMAN

Next November 23 opens to the public the exhibition El Magreb con ojos de mujer (Maghreb through woman's eyes), organized by the foundation Solidaridad Internacional de País Valenciano together with the Office of the Vice President of University Extension of the UA, which will be at the Sala Trànsit I of the UA until December 17. According to the Vice President of Solidaridad Internacional PV, Julián Navas González, "the campaign in which is included this exhibition (consisting of nine information panels) tries to promote the creation of meeting spaces in the three provinces of the Region of Valencia so that the Maghribian women could be recognized and show to the social aspects of their situation and culture, which favour positively the development of their countries".

Their struggles and activities "have not been recognized as it deserves to be and have stayed into the backround because of the general struggles carried out by their respective people", says Navas. This fact, together with other factors, has contributed to the cliche in the Western debate that shows the Maghribian women as passive victims of a secular repression and not as active agents able to change their societies.

Therefore, this campaign "tries to get to the bottom of the false myths concerning the discrimination and shows the difficulties that millions of Maghribian women face in their struggles from different fronts (academic, political, family, professional...) and how they work to achieve a better situation, not only for women but for the society in general", remarks Navas. These women are writers, lawyers, professors and activists of grassroots organisations, but also wives and mothers, land workers or employees of private households that, from their respective fields, are changing things. Besides the exhibition, the organisers have done a report and a DVD that show the story and culture of the Maghreb countries and women's effect on the change processes and the socio-economic development.

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