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WOMEN: Validation of a study on the establishment of a pension fund
The Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family Affairs, Ms. Fatimetou Khattry Ment, said that the creation of a pension fund is part of an action plan for the Promotion of women, Children and Families sector,

Workshop of consultation and validation of the IEC sectoral strategy
A workshop for consultation and validation of the sectoral strategy for information, education and communication (IEC) was held on Tuesday morning in Nouakchott by the Ministry for the Promotion of Women,
Symposium reflection on the re-boosting role of men in family planning
The network of Mauritanian women journalists organized, in collaboration with the United Nations fund for population activities (UNFPA), Saturday evening in Nouakchott, a brainstorming seminar under the theme of "re-boosting the role of 'man in the family planning ".
SOLAR ENERGY: Four women completed a training course in India on renewable energy
Four women, who received a six months training in India on a pilot project of solar energy in the field for the benefit of three rural villages of Trarza, have returned to Nouakchott Monday after their training.
TRAINING / GENDER: Exhibition of products for women
The Training Centre for the Advancement of Women held Sunday in his headquarters in Nouakchott, an exhibition of products made by its students during the school year 2007/2008.
GORGOL: Awareness Campaign on Women's Rights
An awareness campaign on promoting the rights of women and children was launched Sunday at Kaédi, by the minister responsible for the Advancement of Women, Children and Families, Ms. Fatimetou Mint Khattry.
The spouse of the President of the Republic oversees a demonstration in Dar Naim the Day of African Child
The spouse of President of the Republic, Mrs. Khattou Bint El Boukhary oversaw Thursday evening in Dar Naim Nouakchott a ceremony held during the World Day of the African Child, during which she presented a number gifts, clothes and toys for children.
Mauritania's 'wife-fattening' farm
Obesity is so revered among Mauritania's white Moor Arab population that the young girls are sometimes force-fed to obtain a weight the government has described as "life-threatening".
Mauritania ratified the protocol on women's rights
Lomé, Togo, 15 December 2005. We have been just informed that Mauritania has ratified the Protocol on women’s rights and deposited its instrument with the African Union this 14th December 2005 Congratulations to our colleagues of Mauritanian women’s rights organizations who have been involved in the process since the first meeting of Bamako on the protocol in year 2000.
Analysis and assessment of progress
Early childhood education: the pre-school enrolment ratio in kindergartens supervised by the SECF [Office of the Secretary of State for Women’s Affairs] is still very low. The eleven government-run kindergartens cater for only 962 children in the 3-5 age group, divided into 36 classes, or 0.3% of children (Source: SECF 1996).
Mauritania Human Rights Practices 2005
Mauritania, with an estimated population of three million, is a highly centralized Islamic republic ruled by a military junta led by Colonel Ely Ould Mohammed Vall. On November 19 and December 13, voters turned out in large numbers to elect legislative and municipal representatives; international and domestic observers deemed the elections credible.
Changing Role of Women in Mauritania
Mauritanian women have known different status since the independence. In fact, the Mauritanian woman has fought for her emancipation like any other modern women. Realizing that she can't no more stand for being confined; she has made known her voice in order to participate in the economic and social development of her country
Electoral changes yield victory for women
The senatorial elections earlier this month in Mauritania ended with nine women being elected to hold seats. Combined with the 17 women elected to the national assembly last November, 26 women now sit in Mauritania's Parliament.Since the overthrow of the Mauritanian regime in 2005, a military junta led by Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall has worked to re-establish democratic rule on a two-year timeline.
Gender sensitivity in society
The Constitution provides for equality before the law for all citizens, regardless of race, national origin, sex, or social status, and prohibits racial or ethnic propaganda. In practice the Government often favors individuals on the basis of ethnic and tribal affiliation, social status, and political ties.
Mauritania Health data
Access to potable water: 74%.Medical services: 9.091 persons per doctor. 70% of total population has no access to health services. Maternal mortality rate: 930/100.000. Infant mortality: 78.15 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Mauritania as a country in which 25 percent of the women undergo FGM. Among Halpulaar women, over 95 percent undergo FGM.
Family and tradition
Human rights monitors and female lawyers report that physical mistreatment of women by their husbands is rare. The police and judiciary occasionally intervene in domestic abuse cases but women in traditional society rarely seek legal redress, relying instead upon family and ethnic group members to resolve domestic disputes.
Mauritania Gender Profiles
Mauritania is located in Northwestern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Western Sahara. The Constitution established Mauritania as an Islamic republic and decrees that Islam is the religion of its citizens and the State, and the Government accordingly limits freedom of religion.
Modern Life Redefining Beauty of Women
NOUAKCHOTT - Large women have long been appreciated in Africa, but nowhere has size been more sought after than in Mauritania. Affluent nomadic families living in this West African country have traditionally force fed their girls into obesity. Being fat was not only beautiful, it was a sign of wealth and social status. But force feeding and super-sized women are going out of style




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