Black People : African Women and the 'Arab Spring'

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Dec 11, 2006
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    Meeting in Morocco, 600 female politicians from the continent wonder if the winds of change sweeping North Africa will turn south -- to black Africa.

    Some 600 African women gathered under a white tent in Tangier, Morocco, earlier this month. They traveled from all over the continent to celebrate the 100th Annual International Women's Day, but also to talk about governance and government.

    The meeting was the first forum of locally elected African women organized by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, it took place as the winds of change were sweeping North Africa. Both Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak had been toppled, and unrest raged in Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia -- and host nation Morocco.

    Monia Ammar Feki, a Tunisian magistrate, served several years under Ben Ali. Now a judge in charge of human rights in the Justice and Human Rights ministry of her country, Feki explained to an attentive audience why Ben Ali's Jan. 14 departure was seen as a liberation. "Huge progress was made in terms of women's and detainees' rights or education, but this positive dynamic was stopped because there was no real democracy," she said. "There were a lot of problems concerning freedom of expression, opinion and party membership. There was no right to have a different stance from that of the government."

    How was she able to work under the 23-year regime? "When people asked me, I would answer that it was difficult, that it was a daily battle! I have been pushed aside several times because I was speaking against human rights violations."

    Opinions about Muammar Qaddafi varied considerably. The African Union has refused to support the no-fly zone imposed by the U.N. Security Council. Woraye Sarr, mayor of Medina Gounas, a suburb of Dakar, said she did not know "what lies behind the [present] situation in Libya."

    The member of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade's party in attendance declared, "Qaddafi does not deserve what is happening to him because he has set Libya upright." She said Qaddafi had done a lot for his people: "Before him, there was no electricity, no work ... Now, even the Libyans who cannot find work get a monthly aid, thanks to oil resources.

    Sy Kadiatou Sow, the director of a community development project in Bamako, Mali, disagreed. She said that she thought Qaddafi should leave. "Even if he stays, he reached the point of no return, and history showed that the harsher the repression, the harder people think they have nothing left to lose. This is what happened in Mali during the 1991 revolution that forced Moussa Traoré out of power."
  2. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I canot recall who I had heard this from back in the days Dr Clarke, or Dr Ishakamusa Barashango, or Molefi Asante,
    but from my understanding there were no absolute monarchs among traditional
    (Non-Empire) chiefs and kings

    chiefs were, kept in check by a council of elders ( most cases women)

    and was judged on his ablity to solve te problems and needs of his people, and could be voted out by , said coucil if he violated.

    Maybe the return to a traditional form of government in some aspects wih more input by women

    would restore some form of civliity and quash some of the corrpution and dependency, in many nations
    in Africa