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Friday, 04 January 2013 15:03

New Year Wishes

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The New Year is here, full of new hopes, new visions, new projects and heartfelt wishes for our families and friends.
To start 2013, News on Sunday has gauged the feelings and New Year messages of eminent women of the island. They gladly shared with us their most cherished wishes. News on Sunday also seizes this opportunity to wish all its readers and all the Mauritian women a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013. May the Mauritian women shine and succeed in all their undertakings.

Roumaan Issemdar - National Cub Scouts Commissioner
It is  to you, young Mauritians that I address my message because it is you who will have the responsibility to take the torch of our elders and to live in the world at a time when other major changes are coming.

2012 was an eventful year in the world, with the reelection of President Barack Obama, the transition of power to the left in France, the radicalisation of Russia, the Arab Spring that gets rid of his despotic rulers, the economy in several European countries being in the red, natural disasters making thousands of victims and the central Japanese nuclear accident. 2012 also left its imprints in the mapping of events nationally including the dismantling of Gros Derek drug gang and village and municipal elections.

Mauritian youth have great potential and will undoubtedly play an important role in forging the character and future of our young democracy.

However, it is the duty of all politicians, state agencies, and all society actors to ensure that our society lets flourish its most precious treasure that is the youth (ie the future).

Rosemary Jolicoeur - Spokesperson of 'La maison Coeur Ecoute'
I wish all  Mauritians a very Happy New Year.
I wish all  kids and children lots of courage and faith in themselves for the New Year.
May all your wishes come true.

Marie-Noelle Elissac Foy- Public Relations Coordinator at ‘Women in Networking’ (WIN)
For 2013, I wish that there is more decency in life and in political manners/morals.
I hope that there will be more opportunities for Mauritian women to contribute positively to the progress of the country. I have a special thought for all families who suffer because of reckless drivers.

Mrs Rita Venkatasawmy – Director of CEDEM
Dear citizens of the beautiful island of Mauritius,
Year after year, our country has been turning the wheel of change and so much has already been achieved. However, the transition to this New Year leads us to reflect on what is yet to be done. I wish to particularly draw your attention to our environment.

The sustainable development of our island relies largely on the extent to which we keep it clean and beautiful. Infrastructural development must be complemented with a deep respect for our natural environment. This is not only the responsibility of the Government but each and every citizen of this country. Furthermore, I would like to say that the children of our country need love, protection and support.

More and more of them are being removed from their families due to reasons of physical and sexual abuse. I am certain that Mauritian citizens are not insensitive to these children’s needs. I strongly believe if every stable family took the full responsibility of at least one vulnerable child, this would not only save money and decrease the need for shelters but would also secure a brighter future for those children. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim - Professor, Managing Director at Centre for Phytotherapy Research
As this year comes to a close, let us reflect on the major events that have shaped 2012. In Mauritius, we have seen a few laws that have impacted women directly. Whilst this should have been a source of rejoicing, unfortunately, the end of 2012 has been marred by the premature and brutal death of this young Indian woman who had everything to look forward to in life.

With this backdrop, one cannot stop and think about the fate of women. The Chinese proverb says that, ‘Women hold half the sky’. Yet it would appear that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. In many places across the globe, girls have deeply unequal status and Amartya Sen has reported on the missing 100 million females, killed through foeticide.

Fortunately for us in Mauritius, since independence, progress has been made and I still personally think that a lot is attributable to free education in the late 1970’s. Gandhiji had said that educating a girl is to educate a family. I will go further by saying it educates a nation. This milestone decision in the 1970s has greatly helped women empowerment in Mauritius. Empowerment is not only a right to have political freedom, it is the right to be independent; to be educated; to have choices in life. Empowerment is the right to have the opportunity to select a productive career; to own property; to participate in business; to flourish in the market place. I would also safely say that an educated work force has been behind Mauritius first phase of industrialization.

Whilst progress has been made, we should not rest on our laurels. We have to ensure a greater representation of women in boardrooms, in decision-making instances as we cannot ensure progress in any country when 52% of the population is marginalised.
I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 2013!

Georgina Ragaven – PR of Star Connexxions
As one year ends and another one will begin we are all reminded of the only constant in life and that is change…….

Reflect back and cherish the memories, not all may be good but learn from them, look ahead, plan ahead and greet each day with thanks and love.

Set your goals and persist until you succeed, nobody can live your life for you, we are all unique individuals and must be thankful for each day, but remember our dreams and goals are impossible unless we follow up with actions.  Make things happen for you

Don’t forget to give a thought to those who are less fortunate than us as we go about our daily tasks let’s join forces and make 2013 the year women across the island are remembered for their efforts in extending a hand to help one and all make this a better world to live in.
Peace, good health and happiness.

Danielle Wong – Director of MEXA
Dear Readers of News on Sunday
For our loved ones. We know their needs and may be their dreams so it is easy to wish them well.  For you women readers of News on Sunday - you too have dreams. But no matter what your status is, I wish you to long for a magnanimous heart, to become more aware that you can make a difference through your womanhood. And you beloved children, may you continue to be the Father of Man and inspire us all.
Jameela Jaddoo

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