Morocco's women election candidates hope to break 'patriarchal' politics
Morocco's electoral rules have typically made it difficult for women in politics to have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. However, amendments made to electoral laws will see women make up one-third of all seats in local councils.
Ibtisam Azzawi, member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces party, faced fierce competition in the district of Rabat she ran in, including the former city mayor and other male political leaders.
Azzawi has drawn attention to important progress made in the country, being an increased female participation rate and more female ballot representation in this year's elections.
Candidacies of Moroccan women in local and regional elections have increased from 12% in the 2015 elections, to 27% in this year's elections. However, the proportion of districts led by women remains at just one percent.
"Women's presence in the current elections have gone beyond participation, to the intrusion of politically active Moroccan women into patriarchal areas," she told The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Eighteen million voters are on the electoral roll, and citizens voted for 395 national lawmakers, alongside more than 31,000 local and regional officials.
Despite progress, Moroccan women still have not achieved all they expect, Azzawi said. She hopes "to one day see a female president of Morocco and female mayors of Moroccan cities".