Mauritius

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning ( UIL) collaborates with the Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA) in launching a pilot project on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for unemployed workers from the sugar and textile sectors who will be retrained for work in the tourism industry, which in Mauritius has emerged as the fastest growing economic sector in 2006

Mauritius is the best run country in sub-Saharan Africa while Rwanda has made the greatest improvements in good governance in recent years, a new study says. The inaugural report of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance said Somalia is the worst run country, lacking in rule of law and suffering from the worst human rights record.

The Chagos Archipelago is a group of seven atolls comprising about 55 islands, with a total land area of 60 km2. Between 1967 and 1971, an estimated 2,000 inhabitants of Chagos were evicted from their island home of Diego Garcia, the largest island in the archipelago, to make way for a US military base. The majority were forced to exile in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius and some in Seychelles.

Though Southern Africa is seeing increasing opportunities and rights for women, protection from gender violence continues to be elusive for those engaged in sex work. Some people even argue that sex workers cannot be victims of rape at all. Moreover, when they are victims of violence or sexual assault, few receive help from police or health services. Many turn to drugs or alcohol.

‘‘We are selling everything in this country: from our bodies to our land and now our sea and lagoons. Is there anything left for us?’’ asked Jack Bizlall, spokesperson for a nongovernmental network of organisations called Kalipso. Together with local fishermen and others who earn their living from the sea and the lagoon, they are struggling to stop the government from implementing the Aquatic Business Activities Bill, presently being circulated.

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