Readjusting the Mozambican Penal Code

Mozambique has recently redrafted its penal code to remove offensive articles that remained from the original Portuguese code written in 1886.  Although the code had been in force for the past 128 years, the articles, including one which allows men to avoid prosecution for rape upon marrying their victim, have not been enforced by the Mozambican government.  However, rather than continuing to ignore parts of the outdated penal code, Mozambique has opted for the first full overhaul to modernize and update the official code.

The move to redraft the Penal Code and remove the offences against women’s rights has been due, in large part, to the efforts of Amnesty International. There are now new articles specifically concerning women’s rights, domestic abuse, definitions of rape, and psychological violence.  In addition, all references to the illegality of homosexuality have been eliminated.  However, there has been ongoing disagreement concerning the age of responsibility, which is now set at the age of 10. Many are advocating for the age to be raised to at least 16, but as of now, this has not been changed.

 

Original Article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201404080228.html?viewall=1

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US Embassy Pushes Gender Equality in Benin

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On April 10, 2014, over 50 men and women convened to discuss women and power in the workplace. The event was organized by both the American Cultural Center and the Association for Professional Integration as a follow up to last month’s discussion on the notable book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The lively debate was attended by students, teachers, and professionals from a variety of other fields, including NGOs, public administration, and the private sector. The Deputy Chief of Mission in Cotonou, Benin–Todd Whatley–remarked on the United States’ commitment to promoting gender equality worldwide by stating that “Advancing the rights of women does not just benefit women. Research shows that progress in women’s employment, health, and education leads to greater economic growth and more cohesive communities.”

Further reading:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201404101670.html

Image sources:

http://www.painetworks.com/previews/hn/hn2086.html

http://womenalliance.org/birth-registration