Like all countries in the world, Morocco celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8. This is an opportunity to highlight the crucial and essential role of the women not only in the transformation of education but also in the evolution of society.
International Women’s Day is also known as International Day for the rights of women. It is an international day emphasizing the fight for women’s rights and, in particular, for the reduction of inequalities compared to men.
International Women’s Rights Day reminds us that gender inequality is still relevant. This awareness day, which takes place on March 8, sheds light on the status of women around the world and raises awareness of the importance of the fight for women’s rights. This event takes place annually on March 8. Now is the time to reflect on the progress made, to call for modification and to celebrate the determination and the acts of courage of average women who have played an astonishing character in the history of their societies.
International Women’s Rights Day was formalized in 1977 by the United Nations and is still celebrated on March 8 all over the world. It is a day when women around the world are recognized for their achievements and their struggles. Let’s go back to the starting point of this day dedicated to women and their rights.
The origin of March 8, International Day for Women’s Rights
According to a statement by the Socialist Party, International Women’s Rights Day appeared in the 20th century, during social movements in North America and in Europe. It was on February 28, 1909, that the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States. Until 1913, this day was celebrated there every last Sunday of the month.
In 1910, the Socialist International in Copenhagen established an International Women’s Day to pay homage to the movement for women’s rights and their access to universal suffrage. This proposal is approved by a collective of 100 women, all from 17 different countries. But during this second conference, no specific date was decided.
Clara Zetkin, a strong figure of feminism
Moreover, the first conference took place in 1907, on the initiative of Clara Zetkin, editor of the magazine Die Gleichheit (L’égalité), gathering at the time no less than 125,000 subscribers. The latter intends that all socialist women from all countries organize a women’s day once a year in order to encourage women’s right to vote. It was the year after that the first International Women’s Day was born.
On the last Sunday of February 1913 in Russia, on the eve of the First World War, Russian women celebrated their first International Women’s Day with clandestine movements. The following year, it was celebrated on March 2 in France, March 9 in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, and March 12 in Germany.
The right to vote for German and French women
On March 8, 1914, German women raised their voices to obtain the right to vote. It is only 4 years later that they get it. Among our French neighbors, 238 deputies out of 591 refuse to grant women the right to vote. Louise Saumoneau and her group of socialist women, organized on July 5, 1914, an event which would, in fact, become the first Women’s Day in France.
In 1917 marks a highlight in the history of Russian women. In fact, that year, two million Russian soldiers died in the war, which revolted them. Despite government opposition, they nevertheless went on strike on the last day of February in order to obtain “bread and peace” but also the return of their husbands who went to war. Four days later, the Tsar ceded power and the provisional government then granted women the right to vote. It is during this same year that the date of March 8 will be definitively set to celebrate Women’s Day.
Women’s rights and gender equality will take center stage in 2020.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (March 8) is “I am from the Equality Generation: For women’s rights and an egalitarian future”.
The Generation Equality campaign brings together people of all genders, ages, ethnicities, races, religions, and countries to take action that will bring about a world of gender equality that we all deserve.
On March 8, various events related to women are organized around the world. In many countries, concerts, shows, marches, parades, sporting events, and even exhibitions are offered. The name of this day is also called into question, in order to name it International Day for the Rights of Women. The themes tackled are often the fight for equality between men and women, the promotion of women who have succeeded in various professional fields, the history of women, etc.
International Women’s Day: Opening of a library and the launching of Anouar book club
The Anouar Association for Development and Solidarity (women sector) will celebrate the International women’s day by officially opening a library and launching the Anouar reading club. This event will take place on March 8, 2020, at 10 am.
The goal of this event is to promote a future where innovation and knowledge will open new doors for women and girls so that they can play an active role in building more inclusive systems and effective services in the society.
One of the advocacy of the Anouar Association is promoting women empowerment. Therefore, the Anouar Association will celebrate this important event together with another successful project of the association. International Women’s Day is also known as International Day for the rights of women. It is an international day emphasizing the fight for women’s rights and, in particular, for the reduction of inequalities compared to men.
Together with this celebration are the official opening of the library and the creation of the reading club. It is very important to the community of the Ait Faska, especially to the next generations. According to Mohamed Dekkak, President of the Anouar Association who is also a book enthusiast, a library will be the guidance and inspiration to the youth, and the reading club will broaden their mind.
The comprehensive discussions, as well as the diverse perspective of the members on a particular book, will help children and youth to improve their knowledge and appreciation of the world. They’ll be more motivated to appreciate other cultures, not only through the book but also through interactions among members who have different backgrounds. Anouar Book Club aims to use reading as a way to encourage children and youth to interact with one another, to share reading pleasures, encourage exchanges around books between readers and librarians, and introduce foreign literature.
Like all countries in the world, Morocco celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8. This is an opportunity to highlight the crucial and essential role of the women not only in the transformation of education but also in the evolution of society. On this occasion, the Anouar Association has chosen to celebrate this day to emphasize the need to create an environment conducive to reading for children and young people by setting up and running libraries within the community and opening up the community to its socio-cultural environment.
It is the mother (women) who have the mission of training the citizen of tomorrow, capable of acting, innovating, and building a space for living together in Morocco. March 8 is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of promoting this noble program through reading and motivation. It is also an opportunity to highlight the importance of reading by joining the club to join the action to promote reading in schools, by running book clubs in their class and their establishment and by sharing their love of knowledge and books.
This is a ceremony in honor of women and at the same time the successful project of Anouar association in educational sector: an opening of a library for the children and public. Along with this event, a medical campaign dedicated to women will be organized on March 13 – 15, 2020, at the community center of Ait Faska.
Anouar Association will launch its second medical campaign on March 13- 15 2020 at the Anouar association community center in Ait Faska.
The Anouar Association for Development and Solidartiy, in partnership with Ministry of Health and the Regional Directorate of Health in Al Haouz province for the fight against cancer, will organize a medical caravan for the screening of breast and cervical cancer in women, as well as chronic diseases.
This caravan will benefit hundreds of residents, most of whom are women and children in the rural community of Ait Faska. A team of medical specialists, nurses and volunteers will mobilize to ensure the smooth running of this operation, which will be on March 13- 15, 2020.
The goal of this campaign is to provide access to specialized medical services for the benefit of the vulnerable population such as Ait Faska. This caravan will allow residents to benefit from medical services in various specialists, thanks in particular to this kind of large-scale social actions, explains Mohamed Dekkak, President of the association. In addition to medical services, the caravan team will also identify cases requiring surgery or continuous medical monitoring, in order to refer patients to specialized hospitals.
Medicines were also given free of charge to beneficiaries of the caravan. In addition, the association plans to organize a caravan similar to the rural commune of Ait Yaddine and that of Kenzra in the province of Khémisset.
Cervical Cancer in morocco
Globally, cervical cancer is the 2nd common cancer in women after breast cancer. Based on the WHO, Cervical cancer caused, in 2005, nearly 260,000 deaths, of which almost 95% in developing countries, countries in which this cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the female population. Without rapid intervention, mortality from cervical cancer would increase by 25% in the next ten years. These deaths can be prevented because cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent and treat if it is detected early enough and treated properly.
In Morocco, according to the results of the Casablanca cancer register in Morocco, the incidence of cervical cancer was 14 per 100,000 women in 2007 and at the national level each year there are approximately 2,000 new cases of cervical cancer and 2/3 of cancer cases are diagnosed and managed at a very advanced stage in the various oncology centers.
Breast cancer in Morocco
In Morocco, around 30,000 people are affected each year by cancer. Among women with cancer, 34.7% have breast cancer, which represents about 7,000 new cases of breast cancer per year.
It is estimated that three million Moroccan women are at risk of being affected by breast cancer. Their average age is 38 years. Thus, 8 to 9% of women will develop this cancer during their lifetime. Several risk factors have been clearly highlighted. A family history of breast cancer increases the risk by a factor of two or three. Reproductive factors related with prolonged contact to endogenous estrogens, such as late menopause, early puberty or late first pregnancy, are amongst the most significant risk factors for breast cancer. It should also be noted that women who use oral contraceptives or replacement hormone therapy are therefore at higher risk compared to women who do not use them. Alcohol consumption,
This campaign aims to facilitate the population’s access to specialized care services, by making them benefit from specialized medical consultations, to strengthen medical services in Ait Faska and to reduce spatial inequalities in the health field.
The screening campaign will start with the training of health care providers in teaching the practical acts of IVA and colposcopy. The medical campaign will take place on March 13- 15, 2020 at Anouar Association community center in Ait Faska and will be led by specialists trained in the field.
From March 13-15, 2020, the Anouar Association for Development and Solidarity will welcome a medical caravan from the Association of Private Gynecologists at the Ait Faska Center for cervical and breast cancer screening
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The International Culinary League Competition lends a distinctive enthusiastic atmosphere to the events of Gulfood 2020, with the participation of a number of skilled chefs.
The largest exhibition of its kind in the food and beverage sector offers a variety of live cooking shows and competitions that complement the rich activities and events of launching new products into the market.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020: A group of Michelin-starred chefs and leading culinary experts prepares to present a variety of delicious international dishes, during their participation in the ‘International Culinary League’ competition held within the framework of the 25th edition of the exhibition activities Gulfood 2020 ‘, the largest annual commercial event in the food and beverage sector in the world, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Center during the period between February 16 and 20.
This unique competition will provide a rare opportunity for the exhibition’s visitors to witness a group of the most famous international chefs as they prepare delicious food from different parts of the world through live and interactive cooking shows and sessions.
Cooking offers include offering a wide variety of sumptuous dishes from four continents to impress a star-studded jury panel, where four cooking teams representing four regions with wide fame in the field of food will compete to win the first round of the Gulfood International Cooking Championship. Culinary teams representing Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East will be given a time limit of only 60 minutes to prepare a 3-menu menu that reflects the diversity of ingredients and flavors in their regions.
This years’ highlight isn’t simply on regional cooking. The culinary experts will be judged likewise on the sustainability and innovation of their dishes with 30% out of the judging criteria concentrating on economical ingredients and cooking methods alongside a zero wastage strategy.
New installments, for example, the hydroponic vertical kitchen and new-age ingredients, such as crickets powder and plant-based meat, will be available to the gourmet experts in a real culinary challenge. This is a reliable sign that those ingredients are currently a real opportunity for the fine dining industry to change for an increasingly sustainable food chain supply.
The ‘International Culinary League’ competition is one of the distinctive activities that fall within the activities of ‘ Gulfood 2020 ‘ aimed at enriching visitors’ experiences and enhancing the attendance of the exhibition as a leading platform in the global food sector.
Gulfood 2020 is an exclusive exhibition for visitors working in the trade and business fields. The exhibition is open from 11 am to 7 pm during the period from 16 to February 20, and from 11 am to 5 pm on February 20.
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Since its inception 25 years ago, Gulfood has succeeded in establishing itself as the largest annual exhibition for the food and hospitality sectors in the world and is organized, managed, and hosted by the Dubai World Trade Center ( DWTC ). Its presence is available exclusively to professionals and workers in the sector.
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The Dubai World Trade Center provides over 36 years of experience in delivering global events in the Middle East and provides unparalleled experience and in-depth knowledge of the markets to local, regional, and international exhibitors.
The most important forum for leaders of the food sector in the world
The eyes of the global food and beverage sector today are heading to Dubai in conjunction with the celebration of the twenty-fifth session of the Gulfood exhibition, which has established itself as the largest annual commercial event in the food and beverage sector in the world.
It is expected that the exhibition, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Center between the 16th and the 20th of next February, will receive more than 5,000 exhibitors to display hundreds of thousands of their production lines. Mohamed Dekkak together with the other dignitaries, ministers, trade delegations and local organizations are supporting and participating as well.
The Gulfood exhibition is the most important forum for leaders of the food sector in the world, as the exhibition annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors from 200 countries. Innovation will be the main distinctive feature that Gulfood 2020 exhibitors will adopt.
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Gulfood 2020 – Rethinking Food
The exhibition includes 120 national pavilions abounding with numerous specialized products in 2020. Gulfood 2020 is expected to attract substantial global crowd, whether attending the leading exhibition or its associated programs, especially in light of the emergence of the MENA region as a significant authority in the import and export sectors.
This includes the global “Halal Food World” platform. The event will discuss several themes, the most prominent of which are: What will the food sector look like after 25 years, and what amazing innovations will reshape the industry? What trends will turn into standards for the future?
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, opened today the activities of the twenty-fifth session of Gulfood Exhibition, which is considered one of the oldest trade fairs in the food and beverage sector in the region, at the Dubai World Trade Center.
The pioneering exhibition invites producers in the sector to share their innovations in line with the slogan “Food with a New Perspective” with the aim of achieving a positive impact in the world in light of expectations that the population of the world will reach eight billion people by 2030.
During the introductory tour, His Highness was briefed on the pavilions of the exhibition, where he got acquainted with new creations and technologies presented by major local and international companies leading the sector.
The exhibition, which takes place over a period of 5 days until February 20, attracts dignitaries, ministers, trade delegations and local organizations, which in turn seek to explore the most important commercial opportunities provided by the exhibition platform, especially in light of consumer spending on sector products reaching $ 7.2 trillion annually, according to the Gulfood report for the expectations of the food sector And global drinks.
The Gulfood exhibition for 2020 is witnessing a qualitative shift in innovations in the food and beverage sector, as exhibitors present their latest products and innovative flavors in addition to revolutionary creations in the sector, which together constitute distinct opportunities to conclude deals with participating companies from all over the world.
This year, Gulfood will focus on a range of key topics which are the growing demand for sustainability in the food and beverage sector, along with shifting consumer attitudes and the growth in demand for vegetable food products, and in the case of Trexie Luo Mirmand, Executive Vice President of Exhibition and Events Management at the Dubai World Trade Center. The awareness of consumers continues to rise, the sector faces an urgent need to develop innovations at a rapid pace and provide safe food for the growing global population. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of its launch, the exhibition provides an ideal opportunity to share experiences and cooperation from Develop solutions for the wheel-drive food and beverage sector and contribute to more future opportunities over the next decade.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, the Gulfood Innovation Summit will hold its second session, which will last three days, with the participation of key players in the sector to study the latest challenges and opportunities across the global food and beverage markets.
To celebrate the silver jubilee of the exhibition, the Gulfood agenda for 2020 includes a variety of accompanying events that will enhance the experience of visitors and attendees in an interactive and distinctive atmosphere. All exhibitors focus on embodying the exhibition slogan for this year “Food with a new perspective” in their display group.
In line with the exhibition logo, the street pavilion welcomes the most famous international street chefs, including chef Chan Hon Ming, the first street food chef to receive a Michelin star from the famous Liao Van Hooker Chan restaurant in Singapore, the chef Yuki Onishi, founder, and executive chef at the noodle restaurant The Japanese pasta “Tsuta” is the first noodle restaurant in the world to receive the “Michelin” star.
“Flavors of the World” competition returns to the exhibition’s agenda this year, along with a list of brilliant and creative names in the world of cooking, including chefs with a Michelin star, where they showcase distinctive recipes and creative dishes, including the famous Italian chef Massimo Butura, Elena Arzak, and Chef Baku Berri. In addition to the famous cooking duo, Nick and Scott, the founders of Foley Restaurant in Dubai, Chef Gregoire Bergeret from Ossiano restaurant, and the chef completed Anwar from 3 Fils Restaurant.
The Gulfood Startup Program will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to share innovative ideas that will shape a more sustainable nutritional future for the food and beverage sector. The exhibition also offers young creators the ideal platform to showcase their revolutionary products and prototypes to a distinct audience.
In turn, the Gulfood Innovation Awards will celebrate and honor outstanding brands, while the event ‘Chefs Tours’ will take the audience on a dedicated journey, during which they will learn the latest trends in the world of cooking.
The Gulfood Innovation Summit will start from Monday 17 February and will continue until February 19, where it will attract a selection of the most prominent speakers, headed by His Excellency Maryam Bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, Minister of State responsible for the file of food security and His Highness Prince Walid bin Nasser Al Saud, CEO of the Association of Restaurants The cafes and Darren Khatib are the Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Topics included in the summit agenda include the most pressing issues in the sector, such as the demand to find alternatives to meat consumption and the challenges faced by food and beverage regulatory bodies in order to keep pace with sector developments and the need to develop solutions to provide alternative proteins to areas suffering from population inflation and climate change and other important topics.
The medical caravan project of the Anouar Association for the community of Ait Faska is being held on February 7 to 9, 2020, at the Community Center of Ait Faska.
The Anouar Association presents this program that aims to treat all the residents suffering from cataracts and ocular pathologies in collaboration with the Moroccan Medical Association of Solidarity as well as the Ministry of Health, local authorities, and the Moroccan Red Crescent. This operation aims to provide free cataract surgery to residents of Ait Faska.
This humanitarian program consists of specialists, nurses, health representatives, and volunteers from the Association, they are working together to provide cataract surgery for the benefit of the residents. The program aims to fight health inequalities and facilitate access to healthcare for the disadvantaged community of Ait Faska.
This medico-social campaign takes care of more than hundreds of cataract patients from the region of Ait Faska and its surroundings, and the patients receive free medical and surgical treatment provided by the specialist practitioners as well as the volunteers and members of the Anouar Association.
Mr. Mohamed dekkak, President of the Anouar Association, affirmed that the population of the Aït Faska region suffer from cataracts. He also stressed in this regard that the Association, in coordination with the Moroccan Medical Association for Solidarity, will work for the success of this medical caravan program, allowing the vast number of people affected by this illness to benefit from it for the whole duration of the program.
Eye diseases are still a major source of suffering and disability worldwide, particularly in developing countries. In Morocco, significant progress has been made in preventing, controlling, and even eliminating certain eye diseases such as cataracts, constituting public health problems.
What is Cataract?
The cataract is the clouding of the lens. The lens is a converging lens located behind the iris. Its diameter is approximately 1 cm and its thickness 0.5 cm. Cataracts most often occur with age from 60 years, it affects more than one in five people from 65 years, more than one in three from 75 years and almost two in three after 85 years, it causes a gradual decrease in eyesight, and if no treatment is undertaken, the cataract can progress to blindness. The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery.
What are the risks of such an intervention? Can we prevent cataracts? Can the sun or working on a computer promote the onset of the disease?
The fight against cataracts is one of the priorities of the World Health Organization through the Global Initiative “Vision 2020: the right to sight”, which aims to eliminate the preventable causes of blindness from here the year 2020 and the establishment of an integrated care framework allowing all populations to have a better vision and consequently the improvement of their living conditions.
Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness in Morocco (around 50% of all causes). It is, therefore, clearly identified as the number 1 public enemy concerning eye health problems.
A disease of aging
A cataract is the clouding of the lens, a lens placed inside the eye behind the pupil, through which light passes. In the normal state, the lens is transparent and allows the image to be focused on the retina: this is the phenomenon of accommodation. Around the age of 40, he lost this property, which led to presbyopia (difficulty reading closely). The clouding of the lens creates a blurred vision. A cataract is a disease of aging; it generally affects people over the age of 65 and remains the third cause of blindness if nothing is done. However, there is also another kind of cataract, known as secondary, which is linked, for example, to diabetes, trauma to the eye, or certain infectious diseases in young children in particular.
What are the signs of cataracts?
Essentially a gradual decrease in far vision that cannot be corrected with corrective lenses, near vision remaining possible for a long time.
Other evocative clinical signs exist: the person is embarrassed by dazzle, which occurs regularly in the evening, the light of the bulbs, or even the headlights of the car.
The examination of the lens with a slit lamp makes the diagnosis and specifies the type of cataract. The diagnosis is, therefore, clinical. The only treatment is surgery. It consists of removing the lens that has become opaque and replacing it with an implant.
Figures that challenge
Concerning the new cases of cataract registered each year in Morocco, we have retained the figures which were presented during the first national congress of implantology and refractive surgery held in Casablanca in 2006. It appears that nearly 50,000 new cases of Cataracts are recorded each year in Morocco for a total population estimated at 30 million inhabitants, while 500,000 Moroccans suffering from this disease are waiting to undergo surgery.
Modern cataract surgery
The intervention consists of removing the opaque lens and replacing it with an artificial lens that takes place in the envelope of the lens partially left in place during the intervention (extra-capsular extraction). This intervention is very developed, is done under contact or local anesthesia. It lasts about ten minutes, is painless, and the view returns quickly.
The intervention is most often done without hospitalization. The implant can be multi-focal, allowing correct vision from near and far.
This modern surgery is practiced in both the public and private sectors. As for the costs of treatment, the price of surgery to treat a cataract varies between 6000 to 9000 dhs. It is important to note that the Ministry of Health has made considerable efforts, during the last 4 or 5 years, by equipping public ophthalmology care establishments with around thirty machines.
The Anouar Association’s action
The management of cataracts poses many problems, including those relating to the neediness of many patients. Many patients end up losing their sight due to a lack of time management. Aware of all these tragedies, Anouar Association mobilizes alongside the Moroccan Medical Association of Solidarity as well as the Ministry of Health, local authorities, and the Moroccan Red Crescent to organize the cataract campaign in Ait Faska region.
The kick-off of a medical caravan, initiated by the Anouar Association will be effective on February 7 to 9, 2020 at the Community Center of Ait Faska.
The residents of Ait Faska will benefit from this initiative under the leadership of Mohamed Dekkak, President of the Anouar Association. He indicated that this caravan aims to raise awareness and contribute to the fight against diseases that are likely to cause blindness. This operation mobilizes a medical staff made up of surgeons specializing in ophthalmology and anesthesia, technicians, nurses and administrative managers.
The objective is to significantly reduce the progression of these eye pathologies which are the cause, not only of the blindness of a good number of individuals but also of impacts on their social and economic lives.
This caravan is part of the social activities of the Anouar association for the environment and development, the aim of which is to examine needy patients and provide them with free care and medication on site.
This medico-social initiative is part of the Anouar Association’s program to combat cataracts and bring health services closer to people in rural and mountainous areas in precarious situations to better meet their needs and improve their accessibility to medical services, through the intensification of visits field of mobile health units for eye consultations and surgeries relating to eye diseases.
Blindness in Morocco: a structural problem
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. To effectively combat reversible blindness due to cataracts, 3,000 cataract operations per million inhabitants should be performed each year! A challenge that several countries do not take up, including Morocco.
Indeed, for a population of around 33 million Moroccans, almost 100,000 cataracts must be operated each year. In reality, official figures indicate that only about half of the cases with this eye disease are operated on by the public and private sectors combined. This alarming deficit in terms of cataract operations today concerns around 50,000 cases each year, awaiting a therapeutic surgical act!
The lack of generalized medical cover and the high cost of surgical treatment constitute the major obstacle to the care of patients, especially the most disadvantaged.
Cataracts: A plague among the poorest
Cataracts are a visual disease that is characterized by an opaque (less transparent) lens, which prevents light from passing through the eye, resulting in blurred vision.
The cataract occurs with age, mainly because of aging. It must be operated imperatively, to avoid any risk of losing vision.
Certain factors can increase the risk of cataract attack, in particular, heredity, diabetes, tobacco, old traumas or eye diseases, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, high exposure to UV rays of the sun.
Only surgery can cure cataracts. It is a trivialized and proven operation, through the technique of phacoemulsification extraction: the cataract is emulsified and aspirated by a small orifice, then the opaque lens is replaced by a transparent artificial lens, which will allow you to cover a clear and clear vision.
This technique is a real revolution. It is done under local anesthesia, lasts only a few minutes and allows rapid visual recovery (in a few hours) and complete healing in a month.
This mobile ophthalmology caravan is made up of a medical platform and a surgical platform. A team of doctors, nurses, opticians, technicians, and assistants are also part of the expedition, with a view to:
- Dispensing medical and surgical procedures;
- Practice screening actions in children, the elderly and the population in great precariousness;
- Take preventive actions;
- Ensure an annual follow-up of the patients.
Through this medical caravan initiative, patients who will benefit will also recover their dignity and become independent. They can thus access education, literacy or employment. Better health leads to a reduction in precariousness and poverty.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, this campaign, which is in the spirit of the Anouar Association, translates the values of solidarity and mutual aid that animate all Moroccans.
YAN & ONE GRAND LAUNCHING IN MARRAKECH
The revolution in the world of beauty, cosmetics, and well-being in Morocco, which risks carrying the Moroccan signature beyond borders. Salwa Akhannouch, one of the most powerful women in the Arab world, has just launched her brand, Yan & One in Marrakech, an imprint that anchors (even more) ancestral beauty rituals in Morocco and all local products.
YAN & ONE is exceptional international quality at prices accessible to all to guarantee access to the best for all consumers. It was an event not to be missed. Thursday, September 17, Mohamed Dekkak and other stars, artists, influential personalities from Morocco, and outside of Morocco, were present for the opening night of the first Smart Beauty Store in the world, created by Salwa Akhannouch to welcome its brand Yan & One, a 100% Moroccan signature which includes beauty, cosmetic and wellness products.
YAN & ONE, A UNIVERSAL BRAND THAT CELEBRATES BEAUTY FOR ALL
YAN & ONE offers a range of products: make-up, beauty, hygiene, care, fragrances, accessories and teas which can enhance natural beauty. It is an offer that is aimed at all women and men, whatever their skin color (from porcelain skin to black skin), their morphology, their styles, their desires, and their means.
YAN & ONE is also the desire to have a different and new approach, offering a multitude of exclusive make-up looks, designed by the biggest beauty professionals in France and offered to the consumer in an interactive and digital way. All of these products comply with the strictest standards: dermatologically tested, the products are mainly Paraben-free, Phenoxyethanol-free, PEG-free.
The YAN & ONE fragrances are designed in France by great master perfumers from Grasse, the world capital of perfume. YAN & ONE has a care line developed by the largest European laboratories in Switzerland and France while respecting international cosmetics regulations. The brand also draws its inspiration from the nature of Morocco by offering a new range of ritual care called Moroccan Rituals. This range uses the best natural ingredients like argan oil and prickly pear oil certified 100% natural which is aimed at both women and men
YAN & ONE also pays homage to inner beauty, with a wide range of teas: for example, you can discover a Detox tea, a Radiance tea, and many other references composed of original mixtures and rare teas in the service of beauty and of health.
YAN & ONE: A Moroccan concept, a global creation, three years of preparation
At the origin of this project, there is first the vision and the will of a woman, those of Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch convinced that Morocco can distinguish itself by innovating while proposing an offer adapted and accessible to all. Three years of hard work and the collaboration of experts and international design offices were necessary to make it happen.
Called YAN & ONE, this concept will bring together in one place the best of global cosmetics while providing a completely new approach to beauty, fully digitalized, based on the best technological solutions serving the consumer. YAN & ONE thus invents a new concept unique in the world: The Beauty Smart Store, with the objective of shining in Morocco and abroad.
A Smart Brand accessible to all
YAN & ONE is a concept of Beauty Smart Store and it is also a brand of make-up, skincare, rituals and tailor-made perfumes that will meet all the needs of consumers, created around three components: impeccable quality, prices very accessible and a universal offer. The YAN & ONE pro and make-up care lines are available for all skin types, from porcelain skin to black skin, meeting the expectations of all consumers, from its launch in Morocco and soon in Africa and internationally.
Imagined and designed in Morocco, YAN & ONE then selected the best international experts to manufacture its products. The entire Professional Care line is developed in Switzerland and France in the laboratories of the most prestigious cosmetic brands. The make-up, designed by a world-renowned make-up designer, is made in France. The fragrances are produced in Grasse, the cradle of French perfumery. The shampoos come from the United States. Finally, the range of rituals draws inspiration from Morocco, but also the best ingredients, such as certified argan oil which is used as the basis for most products, or prickly pear oil, the new Moroccan treasure of world cosmetology. All while ensuring prices accessible to all, without compromising on quality.
YAN & ONE, an evocative brand name
YAN as the Number One and Unique in Amazigh, a tribute to the Berber origins of the founder of the brand. ONE to better highlight the uniqueness of the brand. YAN & ONE to translate its DNA, the ability to address each individual and enhance its natural beauty. For YAN & ONE, each person is unique, and the brand name claims this posture. The name is to support the originality, the special aspect of this brand which wants to be standard of all the potentialities of Morocco in the natural.
YAN & ONE, a Moroccan brand that will, therefore, be one step ahead with its time, connected to the world and to trends, creating its own standards to offer its customers a unique and personalized experience and digital solutions.
Mohamed Dekkak at the 18th Edition of the International Film Festival of Marrakech
Marrakech – In a festive, jovial and warm atmosphere opened on Friday evening at the Congress Palace of the Ocher City, the 18th edition of the International Film Festival of Marrakechin the presence of world-renowned film stars and eminent personalities of the world, worlds of culture, arts and media.
On this sweet autumn evening, Mohamed Dekkak attended the ceremony that began with the traditional parade of film icons that walked the red carpet including the inevitable French actress Marion Cotillard, the incomparable Australian actress Naomi Watts, and the diva of the Egyptian cinema Ilham Chahine. This international film high mass offers film lovers a rich program of films from around the world, made by the big names of international cinema.
Cinephiles like Mohamed Dekkak and exceptional artists from Morocco and elsewhere, with known talent or to recognize, will thus invest the different places of the city dedicated to the projection of the films of the official selection, including the very emblematic place Jamaa Lafna and the Palace Congress which will host the opening and closing ceremonies.
More than 95 films from around the world will be screened during the festival, including 14 feature films in the running for the coveted Etoile d’Or, the festival’s grand prize.
According to the organizers, this is an eclectic selection that highlights several cinematographic universes from different regions of the world with 3 European films (United Kingdom, Italy, Serbia), 2 American films Latin (Brazil, Colombia), an American film, an Australian film, 3 Asian films (China, India, South Korea), and 4 films from the MENA region (Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal). This edition will highlight the Australian cinema, considered one of the oldest in the world, through the programming of no less than 25 productions, between auteur films, classics and popular success in different areas of the city.
Chaired by Scottish producer and actress Tilda Swinton, the jury will decide the 14 feature films competing for the main awards of this edition: The Etoile d’Or, the jury prize, the prize for the setting stage and the awards for female and male performance.
Ms. Swinton will be assisted in this mission by two award-winning directors, the French
Rebecca Zlotowski and the British Andrea Arnold, as well as Italian-French actress Chiara Mastroianni. On the men’s side, the jury is made up of Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Australian director Goncourt and Australian director David Michôd and Australian director Atiq Rahimi, whose latest film Le Roi is currently being broadcast on Netflix, as well as Moroccan director Ali Essafi.
The International Film Festival of Marrakech will pay tribute this year to the great American filmmaker and comedian Robert Redford. Throughout his extraordinary career, Robert Redford has profoundly influenced contemporary cinema and has quickly become one of the major figures. Each of his initiatives has been successful, whether as director, producer, actor or founder of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, the world’s first independent film festival.
As every year, the public has gathered at the entrance of the prestigious Palais des congrès, to see parade those great sizes of the cinema which enhance, by their presence, this film event which has acquired its nobility and is now among the unmissable events of the universal cinema. Moroccan cinema was not left out since a rain of celebrities had its share of applause that sounded from the appearance on the “red carpet” of the great lady of the theater, Touria Jabrane, Rachid El Ouali, Abdellah Ferkous, Younes Megri and Samia Akriou, to name but a few.
Creation of the Marrakech Film Festival
The festival was created in 2001 on the initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Despite a gloomy international economic situation marked by the events of September 11 in New York, Morocco imagine its new festival as much as a prestigious platform entirely dedicated to the 7 th art and talents, and as an intercultural bridge between nations. It is in this sense that the choice of the city of Marrakech – the capital of the great Moroccan dynasties since the epic of the Almoravids and the opening of Morocco on the Maghreb and Andalusia – is quickly imposed. It is also a booming metropolis benefiting from the infrastructure needed to host a new international event. The French producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, a friend of the kingdom and the city, then wants to associate his vision with that of the Moroccan partners, by agreeing to lead the team of those responsible for the start of construction, in different places throughout the city, a first edition of the “Marrakech Festival”. Among the priority objectives of this new event: the development of quality cinematographic works – thus contributing to the artistic evolution of world cinema -, the development of the film industry in Morocco and the promotion of the image from Morocco around the world.
Foundation of the FIFM
For the second edition of the festival, the King decided to create a non-profit organization of public utility – the foundation of the International Film Festival of Marrakech – presided over by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid. It allows to give an institutional framework to the event and to professionalize the organization and management. The foundation then becomes the sole holder of the economic rights resulting from the exploitation of the international film festival of Marrakech. Under the supervision of the foundation and its deputy vice-president – André Azoulay, councilor of the King -, the president of the Daniel Toscan du Plantier festivalis co-organizing its annual and directs his team in the company Georges Cravenne Council (GCC) until his untimely death in February 2003. For the 3rd edition of the festival, Director of External Relations and Protocol for the first two editions and the widow of President Melita Toscan du Plantier, is appointed Director of the International Film Festival of Marrakech.
The organization of the festival
The festival, which takes place every year over several days in the fall, brings together many internationally renowned film personalities, and has seen in the presidency of its jury such people as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski or Emir Kusturica.
The festival jury includes filmmakers, comedians, but also writers and personalities of the arts and letters, and seeks to reward the best feature films, with 6 grand prizes.
The festival revolves around several events: the official competition, the presentation of a selection of films out of competition, tributes to personalities and a cinema of the world, the competition of films Cinécoles, Masterclass, the projections popular on the Jemaa el-Fna square and projections in audio-description (unique initiative in Morocco).
The festival is under the patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI and presided over by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid.
The board of directors consists of:
- Fayçal Laâraïchi : Deputy Vice President of the Foundation
- Sarim Fassi-Fihri : Deputy Vice President of the Foundation
- Mohamed Boussaid : Minister of Economy and Finance
- Mohamed Amine Sbihi : Minister of Culture
- Mustapha El Khalfi : Minister of Communication, Government Spokesperson
- Lahcen Haddad : Minister of Tourism
- Larbi Belcaid: president of the city council of the city of Marrakech
- Ahmed Akhchichine : President of the Marrakech-Safi region
- Azeddine Benmoussa: President’s Financial Advisor
- Naoufal Bensouda: General Treasurer of the Foundation
- Fadwa Megzari: General Secretary of the Foundation
The national cinema strongly highlighted with the “Panorama of Moroccan cinema” which will present a selection of 4 films with the aim of making discover different facets of the Moroccan cinema to the international professionals and media present at the Festival. In total, 11 Moroccan films will be shown in the different sections of the Festival.
Placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this 18th edition of the FIFM, which will continue until December 7, reserves to the public a beautiful palette full of colors and cultural responsibility and a film program of the richest and most diverse the greatest happiness of moviegoers.
Mohamed Dekkak président of Anouar Association and Faouzi Skali founder and President of cultural Soufie Festival