This book by 9 Mauritian women scholars is published under the aegis of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) and was launched on Tuesday 2 March 2021 in the context of the International Women’s Day. The editor is Associate Professor Verena Tandrayen Ragoobur.
About the book:
This book brings together a group of scholars and practitioners working in different disciplines to interrogate the concepts of empowerment, citizenship and gender justice from conceptual, contextual and strategic angles within diverse arenas. This interdisciplinary study fills in an important knowledge gap since it brings an important feminist analysis on current debates on development, empowerment and citizenship in Mauritius.
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment and the full realisation of human rights for women and girls will have a transformative and multiplier effect on sustainable development and is a driver of economic growth in small island developing states like Mauritius (UN, 2016). Women can be powerful agents of change.” This quote is the essence of this important contribution to gender equality, not only for Mauritius but also for the African continent. The publication contains important social research outputs from Mauritius on the three main themes covered, namely women’s engagement and power relations; power relations in the private sphere; and women’s agency and livelihood.
Professor Johan Strijdom, Namibian and Former AU Commission Head of Division: Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control and Extraordinary Professor, North West University, South Africa.
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Structure of the book:
Part 1: Women’s Engagement and Power Relations
- Finding A Common Working Terrain: An Analysis of the Women’s Movement in Mauritius by Ramola Ramtohul
- Editorship, Agency and Content through the Gender Lens: An Analysis of Gender Balance in the News Industry and Its Output in Mauritius by Christina Chan-Meetoo
Part 2: Power Relations in the Private Sphere
- Changing Power Relations: Violence in the Private Sphere by Fabiola Ramsamy and Pallavi Sharma
- Islam and Women’s Rights in Multi-ethnic Mauritius by Firozah Cadinouche & Allia Syed Hossen-Gooljar
Part 3: Women’s Agency and livelihoods
- Economic Citizenship from a Gender Perspective: Evidence for Women in Vulnerable Employment in Mauritius by Verena Tandrayen-Ragoobur
- Interrogating Mauritian Business and Entrepreneurship with Gender Lenses by Harshana Kasseeah
- Investigating The Rodriguan Migrant Women’s Lives In Mauritius by Deepa Gokulsing
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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa. It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent
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Giving back to the community
Proceeds of book sales are donated to the NGO SOS Femmes in honour of its founder late Mrs Rada Gungaloo.
The book is on sale at Petrusmok library in Hennessy Hotel and at Bookcourt at the cost price of RS 250. It will be available in other bookshops later.
- (Tirs croisés) La femme mauricienne : Où en est son autonomisation dans les divers secteurs ? (Journal Le Mauricien)
- La situation des femmes et leurs combats dans la société mauricienne (Journal Le Mauricien)
- Lancement d’un livre autour de l’inégalité des genres (Channel News)
- Liv “Gender Divides” lor Senn Kreol MBC TV
- Les Grandes Lignes – Gender Divides (MBC TV)
- Droits et libertés de la femme à Maurice : trop de discours, peu d’actions (DefiMedia)
- Nine women scholars analyse the place of women in the Mauritian society (News on Sunday)
- Sexism adds to mounting pressure women journalists are facing in Africa
Here are the slides that I used today for the Round Table on Gender Equality (Egalite Zom-Fam) which was organised by the Ministy of Gender at the Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium:
Also a gallery of images which I showed during the session: