Moroccan author Asma Lamrabet is used to multi-tasking – mixing her writing with a career in medicine – but perhaps her most noteworthy balancing act is being both a faithful Muslim and a committed feminist. A tireless advocate for gender equality in a region where women’s rights often lag far behind those of men, Lamrabet has accumulated a body of work showing how feminism and Islam can co-exist despite centuries of male-centred dogma. But just as there are different models of democracy, there are different types of feminism,” says Lamrabet. Lamrabet’s key message is that gender inequality is less to do with the tenets of Islam and more down to its interpretation within male-dominated societies. She admits that secularism has a bad reputation in Muslim Arab nations, though, “as it’s often associated with atheism”.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau disclosed that the Federal Government has granted Nigerian citizenship to 335 foreigners, during a meeting with the Federal Executive council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to Dambazzau, 245 persons were granted citizenship by naturalisation while 90 were granted citizenship by registration. “Those who met the requirement, the advisory council recommended them and sent their names to the council for approval. So, today, FEC approved the recommendations of those who applied, 335 of them; 245 by naturalisation and 90 by registration,” he said. Read more at PunchComments
The Atlantic Council published a paper highlighting the pertinence of Morocco’s African foreign policy led by King Mohammed VI which made the Kingdom the commercial gateway to the continent. The analysis also highlights Morocco as “a global—leader on renewable energy,” citing the Kingdom’s renewable energy strategy which sets the ambitious goal of bringing the share of renewable energy to 40 percent of total energy consumption by 2020. This Moroccan renewable energy endeavour was described by Pham as “an extraordinary turnaround.” Just a few years ago the country was, according to the World Bank, the Middle East’s largest energy importer, depending on fossil fuels for over 97 percent of its energy, he recalled. At the continental level, the analysis notes that the global slowdown of economic growth, especially in China and other emerging markets, has affected Africa’s economic powerhouses, notably Nigeria and South Africa. 2016, was “a tumultuous year” for many African economies as Nigeria slipped into recession while South Africa barely lurched forward with anaemic 0.2 percent growth in the third quarter.
Fifth consecutive year of worldwide PC shipment declineWorldwide PC shipments totalled 72.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.7 per cent decline from the fourth quarter of 2015, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. For the year, 2016 PC shipments totalled 269.7 million units, a 6.2 per cent decline from 2015. "The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth. However, these growth areas will not prevent the overall decline of the PC market, at least in the next year. Four of the top six vendors experienced an increase in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016 (see Table 1). Source: Gartner (January 2017)HP remained in the second position, and it has recorded three consecutive quarters of shipment growth.
Morocco has banned the wearing, sale, and importation of the burka, a traditional Islamic veil for women covering the entire face and body. Also, there is no research linking a ban on the wearing of the burka to a decline in terror activities. Clearly, the numbers appear to show that a ban on the burka is not the silver bullet in the war against terrorism. Buhari cited instances where male suicide bombers belonging to the Islamist terror group Boko Haram carried their attacks while dressed as women wearing the hijab. If Moroccan authorities confirm the burka ban, the country would become the first Arab nation to ban the wearing of the burka in public.
There are many more pictures of Barack Obama with kids of different ages and colours. During his farewell speech, Barack Obama turned on the emotional faucet and let it all flow. But Barack Obama stands for something completely different. Barack Obama was not perfect, but he was excellent. There’s a lot African leaders can learn from the American president from Kenya if only they would just sit down and listen.
Both German coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), now want to cut development aid for countries that refuse to take back their citizens. Reducing German development aid, however, would damage German interests, Müller told Bavaria's "Passauer Neue Presse" newspaper, because the assistance helps fight the cause of flight for many refugees. An economic collapse, he went on, even one related to lacking development aid, "would lead to huge problems." He called the reduction of development aid "nonsense" in remarks published in the "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" paper. Dirk Messner, the director of the German institute for development policy, believes the issue is more nuanced.
Before I moved to North Africa, people warned me that many North Africans have a misconception of Christianity. In recent years, many presume to understand Christianity from a blend of European Catholicism, Hollywood and tourists in scant clothing. Like the time my friend told me what Christians believe because she had taken a religions class at the local university. In their opinion, some of the things I do or don’t do are too respectable to be Christian. Currently, she is studying Arabic in North Africa as the first step in working with North African immigrants in Spain.
The Senate has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to immediately suspend the policy banning the importation of vehicles through land borders, a policy that was enacted at the beginning of the year. This motion was led by Senator Barau Jibrin, representing Kano North Senatorial District, alongside four others, arguing that the ban will lead to the loss of over 500,000 jobs if the government goes ahead with it. According to Jibrin, if the government should persist with the implementation of the placed bad, the economy of the border villages and towns that depend on importation of vehicles through land routes will crumble. In response to the motion were contributions from Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Shehu Sani and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who asked the Federal Ministry of Finance and Nigeria Customs Service to suspend the policy of banning car importation through the land routes. Read more at Daily PostComments
The concept of menstrual leave began in Japan in the early 20th century. Menstrual leave has been adopted by countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United Kingdom amongst others, to ensure productivity and sound health of the workforce. In 2007, Nike also included menstrual leave in their Code of Conduct and implemented it around the globe wherever they operate. Some Asian countries where menstrual leave policies exist in, include Indonesia, under the Labor Act of 1948, women have a right to two days of menstrual leave per month. Taiwan, the Act of Gender Equality in Employment gives women three days of “menstrual leave” per year, which will not be calculated toward the 30 days of “common sick leave”, giving women up to 33 days of “health-related leaves” per year.
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New Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has promised to reorganize the world body and called on the Security Council to adopt a new approach in order to prevent conflicts and promote peace. Guterres, who succeeded Ban Ki-moon on January 1, has underlined the need for tackling international crises like the war in Syria. Foreign factions infiltrated into Egypt, Libya and Syria and caused the so-called “popular uprisings” to pursue the West’s policy of “resource management” in the Middle East and North Africa, Igan told Press TV’s Top 5 on Wednesday. Most of “these wars are unnecessary and the United Nations needs to really look a little bit deeper at this to see where these wars are actually coming from,” he argued. Also pointing to the hands behind the war in Syria, he said that the conflict has been instigated by foreign mercenaries funded by the West.
Eversendai Offshore awarded two new contacts in MENAWednesday, 11 January 2017 07:59Eversendai Offshore have been awarded two new contracts in MENA region. The first of the two new construction contracts is for an offshore support facility building 93-B-01 for Al Zour new refinery project (EPC-5). The contract was awarded by HSS JV, consisting of Hyundai E&C, Saimpem Spa and SK E&C. Currently, Eversendai Offshore are operating in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE for Vahana Offshore, two projects in Abu Dhabi, UAE for Tecnimont Spa and Prosernat, and in the Culzean Gas Field in the North Sea for Prosernat. More details on Eversendai Offshore's projects and clients can be found on its website here.