“My work empowers me,” says Fatima Sadiqi, an author and professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies in Morocco. “I became a scholar on language and gender because as a woman I was sensitive to the power of language in a multilingual context like ours.”
Fatima is a pioneer in her field. She founded the first Moroccan Centre for Studies and Research on Women in 1998; the first graduate program on Gender Studies in 2000 at the University of Fes; and the Isis Centre for Women and Development, a women’s NGO working on Family Law reforms and women’s rights in Morocco. As part of Vital Voices’ Policy Advocates program, she worked on an advocacy campaign to reform the family code and abolish underage girls’ marriage in Morocco.