Mauritius: Gender equality for the next term

Map of MauritiusPort Louis, 6 February:  The elections have come and gone. There is a new government in place of which only eight women form part of the 69 seat National Assembly. Despite progress made over the last few years, gender inequality persists. Gender inequality is deeply rooted in entrenched attitudes. Political commitment at the highest level is crucial for social change. With the post-2015 development framework hot on the agenda, one wonders where women’s rights and gender equality will be during the next term.

 

Like many problems gender inequality is a problem that has a solution. Positive steps taken have proved that women’s empowerment is possible in Mauritius. Many practical steps taken have reduced inequalities in different fields. Girls are doing better than boys in education. Women have access to loans and the majority of Small and Medium Enterprises are run by women. There are more women than men in the judiciary and women Permanent Secretaries constitute over 40%. But there is still much more to be done. Gender based violence (GBV) and the representation of women in Parliament remain major concerns.

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No Tune up games for Malawi Flames in readiness for Mali

AFCON CupBLANTYRE (EltasZone) – – Lack of adequate funding and time has forced the Flames not to have a tune-up match ahead of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying match against Mali, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has disclosed. 

Malawi start their qualifier campaign on September 6 away to Mali and face Ethiopia a week later at Kamuzu stadium. This means Flames will not also have time to arrange any friendly matches before the Ethiopia game.

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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni thinks there are lessons to be learnt from Malawi’s recent elections

Museveni Of UgandaA  three man delegation from the Uganda Electoral Commission spent a weeklong visit in Malawi to study voter education processes.  Inspite of flaws in the Malawi recents elections the Ugandans believe there are still positive lessons to be learnt.

Uganda has less than two years to prepare for the next  national elections and this time, election officials say they want to do a better job in educating voters.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Blantyre, the director of operations at the Uganda Electoral Commission, Leonard Mulekwa, explained why his three-person delegation came to Malawi.

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AU summit opens with a Scathing attack on ICC policies Targeting African leaders

President Robert Mugabe  of ZimbabweAddis Ababa – Ethiopia’s foreign minister opened a special African Union summit Friday with a scathing attack on the International Criminal Court, blasting what he said was its “unfair” and “totally unacceptable” treatment of Africa.

The special summit comes amid mounting tensions between The Hague-based court and Kenya, whose president and vice-president have been charged with committing crimes against humanity during election-related violence in 2007-2008.

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African leaders to hold summit October 13 on Kenya’s ICC cases

Deputy President William RutoATLANTA African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya’s planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. 

So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal.

 

 

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Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete threatens Malawi over lake dispute

President Jakaya KikweteLILONGWE(AGV)–Speaking on Thursday during the country’s heroes’ day celebrations, Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete made a rumbling speech saying its armed forces were ready to protect the country against any foreign threat to its territory, raising the stakes in an escalating border dispute with Malawi.

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Lake Malawi fossil could be oldest dinosaur ever found

Men Fishing On Lake MalawiLILONGWE: Fossilised bones unearthed by a British palaeontologist in colonial Tanzania in the 1930s may be those of the oldest dinosaur ever found, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The bones are either those of the earliest dinosaur or of the closest relative of dinosaurs discovered to date, they said.A denizen of the Middle Triassic around 243 million years ago, the creature predates all previous dinosaur finds by 10 million to 15 million years, the scientists said.

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Kenya beat Malawi to earn Cecafa semi-final spot

Kenya beat guest team Malawi 1-0 to secure a place in the semi-final of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.Veteran striker Mike Baraza scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after half-time. The Harambee Stars will play Zanzibar in Thursday’s semi-finals of the east and central African regional event.Hosts and defending champions Uganda take on Ethiopia in the last of the quarter-finals, the winners will face Tanzania in the last four. Malawi’s preparations for the game were hit by a player strike on Monday.The squad refused to…

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Tanzania asks for mediation over Lake Malawi dispute

Fishermen On Lake MalawiDAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania called on Saturday for an international mediator to resolve a long-standing border dispute with Malawi, conceding the latest talks over territorial rights to Lake Malawi and its potential reserves of oil and gas have failed.

The call comes after Malawi accused its neighbour of intimidating its citizens, halting talks with Tanzania over the ownership of the lake.

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Malawi, Tanzania Lock Horns Over Lake

Lake MalawiBLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi and Tanzania are expected to hold a high level meeting August 20 on their standoff over oil and gas exploration in and ownership of Lake Malawi. The body of water – also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania – is the third-largest fresh water resource in Africa.

The dispute escalated last year when Malawi’s late president Bingu wa Mutharika granted British company Surestream Petroleum rights to explore the lake for oil and gas. Surestream is currently conducting an environmental impact assessment.

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