Nabila Mounib:An Icon of the Moroccan Left

A left-wing activist and professor at Hassan II University, Nabila Mounib is the first Moroccan woman to hold the post of General Secretary of a political party, the United Socialist Party, which she has been managing with an iron fist since January 16, 2012.

Nabila Mounib, whom some observers of the Moroccan political scene call “the icon of the left”, was born in 1960 in Casablanca. And unlike many figures of the left, she grew up in a wealthy family and spent her childhood in one of the prestigious neighborhoods of the economic capital of the Kingdom.

Nabila Mounib continued her primary and secondary education in Casablanca. Some sources indicate that she spent the baccalaureate period in Algeria before returning to Morocco to continue her university studies in biology and geology at the Mohamed V University in Rabat, before going to France where she obtained a doctorate in endocrinology from the University of Montpellier in 1985.

It was in France that she began her political career while still a student. She was active in the ranks of democratic youth, as well as in the press freedom organization and the Organization for Democratic and Popular Action (OADP), chaired by Mohammad ben Saïd Ait Idder, which merged with other left-wing groups into the Unified Socialist Party, which she now leads.

Nabila Mounib is a fierce opponent of the Islamists. She is distinguished by the clarity of her positions, just as she is convinced of the possibility of giving life to the left. Thus she has declared, several times, that her dream is to found a strong democratic pole of the left, a dream that still seems out of reach, given the poor electoral results achieved by the left-wing parties.

Nabila Mounib was unable to win the last elections, which resulted in a landslide victory for the Islamists of the Justice and Development Party, but she has never given up her acerbic political positions and opinions, through which she defends freedoms and rights as well as equality between men and women.

The Moroccan media describe her as “the graceful one of the left”, but she does not like this title, which confines her to her physical appearance, even though she is the exception among the political activists and feminists that Moroccans know and who value her beauty and elegance, which she does not consider incompatible with her vocation as an activist and general secretary of a Moroccan political party.

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