Women travellers should take a few sensible precautions:
- Avoid wandering about alone at night, as there’s an attitude that all ‘good women’ should be at home after dark; take a taxi.
- Avoid walking alone in remote areas such as isolated beaches, forests and sand dunes.
- Wearing dark glasses is good for avoiding eye contact, but don’t spend your entire Moroccan journey hiding behind them.
- A simple non merci or la shukran (‘no thank you’) is much more effective than reacting with aggression (which could be returned in kind).
- The key concept is ‘respect’, something that most Moroccans hold dear. Hashouma! ('shame!') can also be used to embarass would-be harassers.
- A wedding ring may help you avoid unwanted attention – along with a photo of your ‘husband’ and ‘child’. The fact that you’re travelling without them will arouse suspicion, but you could counter this by saying you’ll be meeting them at your next destination.
- Take extra care at music festivals (and other large gatherings) as complaints have been made of physical harassment