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Mauritians And Their Collective Amnesia When It Comes To Their Origins

I was browsing Facebook late at night while the cyclone was raging outside.  It was an exciting moment, a synergy that could be felt even from behind a computer screen.  Social media was ablaze with posts detailing the various degrees of damage the cyclone was causing in its path, people sharing anecdotes and memes while

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A Guide To Dating In Mauritius For Women

We don’t talk about it very often because our culture didn’t evolve to include open dialogue between the sexes and honest discourse on relationships, as a whole.  When was the last time you heard someone holding forth on the aspects of healthy relationships and a healthy sex life?  Sure, we have extensive reading material about

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Ils découvrent que leur fille de 12 ans fume…sur Instagram

Ils se disent ”offusqués”.  Ils viennent de découvrir que leur fille, Sheena, âgée de 12 ans et qui fréquente un collège d’État à Vacoas, se prendrait en photo pendant qu’elle fume des clopes.  Elle vient d’avoir 12 ans en Novembre et en feuilletant ses entrées sur Instagram, on découvre plusieurs clichés d’elle et certaines démontrant

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#JusticeForBlacky…What Justice?

A thought occurred to me as I was driving along the bustling streets of Rose Hill.  The cops were everywhere, walking around surveying hawkers, looking for some ti dimoun who might have committed a petty infraction, scrutinizing parking areas and handing out tickets willy-nilly.  What a horror show, I thought.  If only they would use

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Mauritius decriminalizing Squatter Settlements?

For a few weeks now, news in Mauritius has been marked with the arrest of a few officials of Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz. If you do not know what the organisation stands for, it’s an initiative by a number of NGOs to regulate government-granted leases to private contractors. Thing is, private contractors in possession of

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The Worst Thing About Patriarchal Societies Is That Women Aren’t Allowed To Have Fun

I cannot think of a worse outcome for the other half of humanity- the ones who give birth, the ones who dedicate their lives to nurturing and protecting other human beings.  Somehow, along the way, it was decided that theirs ought to be a morose destiny.  They cannot be allowed to thrive, they are certainly confined to

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Women’s Rights And Gender Inequality In Mauritius

Inequality, as a broad term that covers several areas, has stymied progress in Mauritius for a long time now.  What we need to do to liberalize our society, as well as our economy, is to push for forward-looking policies that have the advantage of steering the country in the right direction. Inequality in our society

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Four Reasons Why Poverty Persists In Mauritius

Turquoise lagoons flanked by sprawling sandy beaches-what’s not to love?  It’s the picturesque epitome of what peace and serenity mean to many people.  But those are just the physical attributes of our ‘idyllic’ island, what about the quality of life that our million and a half (or so) population have to contend with?  Why is

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