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
We are interested in receiving constructive criticism
Today, I posted this on Facebook:
I offer this idea to all media houses: please organise a different type of debate with the candidates.
One where a voter of the constituency is randomly selected from the voter roll of each ward to ask questions to the candidates. If people decline, just keep on with the random selection until you find those who are willing to participate.
One where you collect questions from the voters of the constituency and select the ones which get more upvotes and those themes which are more relevant to the constituency.
One where candidates are NOT allowed to talk about their opponents at all and are only allowed to talk about what they intend to do as opposition MP for the constituency:
– how they plan to interact with all those they will represent once in parliament (including partisans and non-partisans – and this should not just be about the weekly meetings which will definitely attract mostly partisans, thus skewing the whole process)
– what type of questions they will raise about the constituency when in parliament (why not ask them what their 3 first PQs would be?)
– how they plan to report back to the inhabitants on the answers they have received and the follow-up they plan to do
Because, we’ve already heard it all about the reasons for their engagement with a particular party as opposed to another one, their current positioning wrt current national issues, their scathing criticism towards their opponents (also known as yesterday’s and tomorrow’s potential friends)…
Please feel free to use my ideas because I am a voter in Quatre-Bornes and I think this would allow me to make, not necessarily the better choice, but at least make up my mind about the one who has the highest probability of being a better MP for QB than the others.
In the comments, I also added:
Since there’s not much time left, why not organise a joint exercise in a neutral venue for once? Maybe at the Media Trust?
(…) the point is that any voice should have the same probability of being heard, not just ‘expert voices’, a category where people tend to think of people of our socioeconomic class only.