By Nimi Princewill Notable for attracting a remarkable chunk of political goodwill; and of course, its accompanying ‘nuisance value’ in rigid communities, feminist activism is getting louder in Africa. As many more African women jump on the bandwagon to entangle their daily speech with the language of feminism, the more fluent they become in demanding gender equality. Championing this cause in Southern Africa, is Robin Gorna (Prominent UK feminist, activist and Support Unit Lead for SheDecides). Robin is an expert on Sexual and reproductive health and rights, AIDS, international development,…Read More
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar (lll) has made it clear that hatred, inequity, injustice and discrimination against women define the Islamic establishment, which he represents in Nigeria. This was evident in his reaction to the gender equality bill that is currently going through the legislative process at the Senate. For some time now, there has been a debate on the status of women in Islam or under sharia law in Nigeria. There have been conflicting views and opinions on the issue. This debate, often provoked by issues regarding family…Read More
Port 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.Read More