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Minister of Social Action Outlines Before 3rd African Girls’ Summit Mauritanian Policy in Field of Women, Girls’ Promotion

Nouakchott,  16/11/2021
Speaking before the 3rd African Girls’ Summit, held under the theme: “Culture, Human Rights and Accountability – Accelerating the End to Harmful Practices”, Mrs. Naha Haroun Cheikh Sidiya, the Minister of Social Action, Children, and Family, reviewed Mauritanian policy in the field of the promotion of women and girls, in the presence of the Nigerien President, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum.

The Minister highlighted the importance given to the empowerment of women in the Taahoudaty program (My Commitments) of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani. This importance has been translated into facts, through many development programs centered on girls and women heads of households.

At the political level, the Minister stressed that Mauritanian women are present in decision-making spheres, whether at the level of the executive power where she represents one-fifth of the government or in the elective positions where she represents more than a third of regional and municipal councilors.

Regarding the achievements in this field, the Minister highlighted the removal of social barriers that prevented girls' education, the preparation of religious opinions (Fatwa), calling for the voluntary abandonment of harmful practices for the girl, such as early marriage, exclusion, and gender-based violence.

Ms. Mint Haroune indicated that Mauritania is currently working to implement an ambitious approach intended to encourage girls' education by diagnosing the causes, encouraging poor families to send their daughters to school, and organizing an annual ceremony to award girls' outstanding achievements.

The Summit aims at initiating discussions with the various stakeholders to propose recommendations and resolutions to be presented at the Summit.
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