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Continuing the Fight for Women and Children in West Africa

Posted on 27 October 2010 by

My organization, Association des Femmes Chef de Famille (AFCF), has just launched a campaign to promote women’s political participation and women’s involvement at the center of decision-making, and to evaluate the level of progress since the achievements of 2006 (ed note: quota of 20% for female candidates in the parliamentary and municipal elections was introduced), by encouraging public debates in all regions of the country. To this end, AFCF is campaigning to convince the Mauritanian government to apply the 20% women’s quota to the administrative level of government

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Badges, Blue Helmets, and “Women’s Work”

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

The UN recently reaffirmed its commitment to increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution with specific targets set for the organization’s police force: By 2014 the UN hopes to double the number of women serving globally as UN police officers (UNPOL). In response to the UN’s call, Bangladesh plans to send an additional 10,000 female officers.

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Mauritania: Threats to AFCF President

Posted on 31 August 2009 by

Mauritania’s newly formed government includes for the first time six women, one of them is Secretary of State. Annaha Bint Maknas also holds the distinction of being the first female Secretary of State in the Arab world. She is the head of the leading political party in Mauritania and was among the strongest opposition to the previous government of the democratically elected president Ould Ashaikh Abdullah. She is the daughter of the late prominent diplomat Hamdi Ould Maknas.

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Mauritania: Response to Friday’s Sermon – Even a Cautious Person Can Err

Posted on 24 August 2009 by

Full text of Aminetou Mint El Mokhtar, president of WLP Mauritania/Association of Women Heads of Families (AFCF), letter to the local newspaper, protesting the Friday sermon criticizing the appointment of women in government ministries.

Mr. Imam Ahamdou Ould Lemrabet,

I was shocked when I heard your last speech, which was devoted to criticism of appointing women to public office. In a clear message understood by the public and private, you questioned the mental capacity of women, despite what modern scientific studies have proven over and over about women’s equal capacities. Women’s equality was instituted by the religion of Islam, which gave women their due place, confirmed by legislation and ordinances, and supported by the rights that are now considered matter-of-fact by the various populations around the world.

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