Women's leaderships: Will the battle for development in Mauritania go down this path?

August 31, 2009

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From 13 to 16 March 2009, the Association of Women Heads of Families (AFCF) organized a training workshop for trainers in female leadership in collaboration with the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM) and with support from Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development and Peace (WLP). According to Ms. El Moctar, president of AFCF, female leadership is feasible in Mauritania. “We cannot wait for a favorable situation. One cannot expect that people give us the opportunity to evolve as leaders. It is up to us, women, to win and create this dynamic of leadership, whatever the political, environmental, economical, and social situation."

WLP Partner in Mauritania, AFCF, Condemns the Coup d’état and Calls for Restoration of Constitutional Government in Mauritania

August 7, 2008

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AFCF demands a return to constitutional legality and the reinstatement of the democratically-elected president and his government, and calls on all human rights institutions, activists and personalities to resolutely reject this coup d’état and to defend Mauritania’s democratic constitutional order.

Mauritania: Moves towards political empowerment for women

July 23, 2008

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In the 2007 municipal council elections, women were voted into 37 percent of seats -- or 1,120 out of 3,688 -- and 18 percent of parliamentarians are women, but women make up just three out of 27 ministers. Even this marks progress -- while Mauritania ranks 111 out of 128 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2007 global gender gap index, when it comes to political empowerment its ranking rises to 74 partly because of its efforts to boost women’s presence in government.

The Politics of Participation: Women and Transformative Leadership

March 18, 2008

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The 21st century is the century for women and politics. Six extraordinary grassroots leaders from four regions of the world discuss practical strategies and culture friendly initiatives that they have used to mobilize women, and especially young women, to participate in making decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities.

Mauritania’s Push to Reach 20% Quota for Women in 2006-07 Elections

September 25, 2007

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One month prior to the November 2006 elections, WLP Mauritania/Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille (AFCF) trained 40 women in leadership and political participation in preparation for the elections. The workshops’ goal was to encourage women to vote and to become political candidates.

Mauritania Launches Equal Citizenship Campaign

November 10, 2006

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Mauritania is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) with reservations on any part of the convention that is contrary to Islamic Sharia law or against the Mauritanian Constitution. AFCF asserts that equal citizenship rights are not against Sharia or the Constitution and should therefore be granted to Mauritanian women.

AFCF Convenes National Institute for Women's Leadership in Mauritania

May 20, 2005

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Several participants emphasized the importance of training that integrates an understanding of the culture of human rights and draws on local experiences in defining problems and solutions. Other participants expressed the need for more programming addressing women's economic status, literacy, slavery, and the personal status code. There was a broad agreement that women needed to take on more managerial roles in Mauritania in order to improve the status of women.

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