First feminine chief justice for Mauritius a victory for feminists, however there’s nonetheless ‘unfinished enterprise’

Mauritanian President Prithviraj Roopun has been commended for appointing Rehana Bibi Mungly-Gulbul Chief Justice. (Getty Images)

Mauritanian President Prithviraj Roopun has been recommended for appointing Rehana Bibi Mungly-Gulbul Chief Justice. (Getty Pictures)

  • First feminine Chief Justice for Mauritius a constructive for gender.
  • Feminists say extra must be completed to enhance 20% feminine illustration in political areas.
  • Latest features in gender stability threatened by Covid-19 pandemic.

Gender activists have recommended Mauritanian President Prithviraj Roopun for appointing Rehana Bibi Chief Justice, a primary for a lady to carry that place on the island.

She turns into the second girl this yr to go an African nation’s justice system. In Might, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Choose Martha Koome as Kenya’s first feminine chief justice and head of the judiciary.

Cape City-based feminist and media scholar, Dr Delta Ndou mentioned whereas on the prime there’s notable illustration of ladies, there’s nonetheless a protracted method to go.

“It’s just the start if you happen to actually verify statistics, there’s solely 20% feminine illustration on the political sphere,” she mentioned.

In keeping with UN Ladies, extra work must be completed to realize gender equality though Mauritius has completed properly in defending girls’s rights.

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“In Mauritius, 83.3% of authorized frameworks that promote, implement and monitor gender equality, with a give attention to violence towards girls are in place,” reads the UN Ladies’s profile of Mauritius.

Mauritius is the fourth greatest nation by way of gender equality in Sub Saharan Africa behind South Africa, Rwanda and Namibia in keeping with figures from the African Growth Financial institution (AFDB).

In its 53 years of independence, Mauritius has had two feminine presidents, one appearing and one elected. Dr Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, 62, was elected sixth president of the island and served between 2015-2018. Earlier than her, former journalist Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau, 79, had two stints as appearing president.

The island has additionally had the pleasure of a feminine vice chairman, Bellepeau. They’ve additionally had a feminine speaker of parliament, Santi Bai “Maya” Hanoomanjee, 69. From 2015-18 it was an all-women solid on the prime.

Dr Anjalee Dabee, a gender professional with the UN Growth Programme, calls the journey to girls’s equality in Mauritius “unfinished enterprise” with “new gaps showing because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic”.


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