What Millions of Young People in Morocco Really Think
Gloobbi has been en route with yet another “What Millions of Young People Really Think” project, this time in Morocco. This project aimed to gather the views of many young Moroccans, aged between 18 and 30, to showcase what they felt were the most prevalent issues in their society and in the world today. Gloobbi representative, Maria Mansi, was on task through remote towns like Essaouira and in big cities like Marrakech to find out what the young residents of Morocco had to say.
Morocco has been labelled as one of the most progressive Arab countries, especially in the realm of women’s rights where laws inhibiting the freedom of females began to be eradicated in the early 2000’s. At a university in Marrakech, Mansi met young female students handing out flyers and further advocating for their rights as women. They commented on the way females were perceived in society where one commented, “I don’t like the way men look at women.”
The atmosphere at the university was very vibrant amongst the students where it seemed their student lifestyle was highly influenced by Western cultures. With that, similar ideologies about world issues surfaced on topics such as unemployment, class segregation and racism. Some Moroccans felt particularly strong about the stereotyping of Muslims and generalisation of people living in an Arab country. One student jokingly said “we’re not all terrorists!”
Apart from the obvious Western influences in the culture, the cultural roots were still notably embedded in the young people of Morocco where unity and sharing is considered a common ground of society. Many felt that there was a lack of unity in the global community where one person stated he felt the biggest issue in the world right now is the absence of communication and interrelations as human beings. One of the students Mohamed, aka “Simo,” volunteers his time for a charity that he has set up donating clothes, food and company to the disadvantaged and felt that selflessness was a dying trait in the world.
Many were feeling the entrenchment of social classes in society that was having a significant impact on their ability to seek employment, whether with or without a university degree. Mansi spoke with Imane, a student who commented on how some people are handed a well-paying job where as others have to work really hard for mediocre employment. This idea also went hand in hand with the many claims amongst the interviewees who felt the impact of corruption in their society.
However, if there was one idea that was quick to stand amongst the young people in this culturally rich country, it was the strong believe in continuing to spread the message of love, peace and unity.
by Maria Mansi