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Passion For Motherland Returns To London


Founded by Congolese Supermodel Lisette Mibo in London, Passion for Motherland (PFM) mission is to empower street children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, specifically in its capital Kinshasa. This empowerment movement occurs through the provision of shelter, education, healthcare, rehabilitation and family mediation programmes, as well as economic tools such as micro-economic loans.

In its 4th-edition now, Passion for Motherland (PFM) is getting ready for its annual fundraising event this summer in the metropolitan city of London, on Saturday, 20th August 2016 – from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm – at the Holiday Inn Hotel Regents Park.

Moved by the urge to put people together, Founder Lisette Mibo and the entire team behind her is aiming to raise funds and build awareness around the cause of street children in the DR Congo. For the past three consecutive years, Supermodel Lisette Mibo aims to further support existing charities running empowering projects at grassroots level in her home-country. Changing the narratives, through charity, the Congolese Model turned Humanitarian will once again bring crowds together, help showcase new talents in the Fashion, and Cultural industries, help entertain the guests while raising money for the night.


The 4th edition of Passion for Motherland (PFM) will be a combination of a vibrant fashion show with live music, powerful poetry and a variety of specialist African stalls.
This year’s showcase is particularly important because all funds raised will be dedicated to supporting two projects:

– The initial construction of our very own shelter in Kinshasa, which will provide a safer environment for up to 300 street children over the next 3 years;
– Supporting Charité et Secours (CHARISECOURS), one of the organisations already helping street children on very limited budget.



Tickets: Standard £25 – Front row/VIP: £50 – Limited VIP Tables: £100

For tickets information: www.passionformotherland.org /event@passionformotherland.org


Mauritius Chic Contemporary Beaches & Resorts

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With a vast range of world-class resorts to suit just about every pocket and preference, Mauritius is an island located in the Indian Ocean near Reunion and Rodrigues islands. Clear warm colored blue turquoise water, and endless white beaches with coconut trees make Mauritius an ideal tropical dream beach holiday destination.

Mauritius Island offers the visitors a large variety of beautiful white sandy beaches and blue lagoons. Mauritius is said to be the paradise of the Indian Ocean.

Its large lagoons lined with fine white sand are the embodiment of paradise to those who want to enjoy the sea and the sun. All around the island, large strips of beaches offer unbeatable relaxing possibilities.

The coastline of Mauritius is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find the nice sandy beaches. Another big advantage of Mauritius is that the entire island is surrounded by coral reefs which have created big lagoons all around. These lagoons not only beautiful with crystal clear water, but also provide calm water conditions, ideal for swimming, bathing and snorkeling.

On many of these beaches you are sure to find hotels and beach resorts. However it is important to know that all beaches of Mauritius are public. Most Mauritius public beaches are safe for bathing and swimming, and ideal for coastal walks and scenic sightseeing.

TROPICS Magazine hereby takes you through a journey to discovering Mauritius Chic Contemporary Beaches & Resorts, enjoy!


North Coast Beaches of Mauritius

The North is famous for the plenty activities on its beaches offering water sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. In the evenings you will get to enjoy amazing views on the sunset, and also selection of trendy bars and restaurants situated with close proximity to the beach.

Grand Bay, Pereybere, Cap Malheureux and Grand Gaube all offer beautiful beaches.

Grand Bay is one of Mauritius most touristic villages with beautiful beaches and crystal clear lagoon. Also, Grand bay is famous for the many water activities available there or departing from its bay such as: water skiing, windsurfing, yachting, catamaran cruises, deep sea fishing and sailing trips.

The most popular beaches of the North region of Mauritius are: Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy, La Cuvette, Grand Bay Public Beach, Pereybere.



The Trou aux Biches beach is located at the North West of Mauritius few kilometers South West of Grand Bay. Many refer to Trou aux Biches as the best beach in Mauritius considering the sand quality, weather conditions and available facilities along the beach.

The beach is about 2km long, with white powder like sand. The beach is protected by the coral reef which in some parts almost reaches al the way to the beach. This makes Trou aux Biches also a great beach for snorkeling.

Trou aux Biches beach is great for sunbathing, spending a day with the family as well as snorkeling and other kinds of sports activities. During the afternoon you are sure to have a spectacular view on Mauritian sunset.

The beach is easily accessible as bus stations are situated right in front of it. The buses go from the beach all the way to Port Louis from one side, or Grand Bay the other side.



The public beach of Mont Choisy is situated between Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy about 4km south west of Grand Baie and a little north east of Trou aux Biches beach.

The Mont Choisy beach is almost 3 kilometers in length with white sand bends around the coast creating a bay of beautiful turquoise water, lined with the casuarina trees which provide shade from the Mauritian summer sun.

During the week the beach is quite empty and only few locals and tourists visit the beach. On the weekends the beach is busy with Mauritians who come to spend their weekend at the beach with their friends and families.

This is why in case you are looking for a more quite and intimate beach atmosphere make sure to visit the beach during the weekdays and not during the weekends.

Many sports activities such as jogging, aerobic and waterskiing are available along the beach. There is even a nice football field just beside the beach where you can join the locals for a friendly football game.

The Mont Choisy beach is easily accessible by bus from Port Louis, Grand Baie and from all the other villages along the North West coast of Mauritius (such as Balaclava, Pointe aux Piments…).



The Pereybere beach is located 2 kilometers east of Grand Baie and is easily accessible when driving from Grand Baie along the main coastal road heading east direction of Cap Malheureux.

The Pereybere beach is very popular with both locals and tourists staying in Pereybere or in the neighboring Grand Baie. Because the water at the lagoon is quite deep and crystal clear, it makes for great snorkeling.

Pereybere beach is full of life with fast food stalls scattered along the beach selling kebab, sandwiches and also fresh pineapple.

Also, few meters from the beach you will find many bars and restaurants serving Chinese, Mauritian and International cuisine.



The public beach of La Cuvette is very close to the center of Grand Bay.

The beach is situated near the Royal Palm hotel and you can reach it when heading from Grand Bay center to Pereybere. The beach is quite small and intimate.

The water is very calm and the beach is clear of rocks and corals. It is very nice to walk from the beach along the coast until reaching the center of Grand Bay.



The Grand Bay public beach is situated at the very center of Grand Bay and it is impossible to miss.

Due to the very active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water.

Although there is no doubt the beach is very nice and provides great view of both Grand Bay and the beautiful bay, you should take into account that due to all the boat traffic inside the bay, the water is probably not as clear as in the other beaches.

The Grand Bay public beach is easily accessible by walk from anywhere in Grand Bay and you enjoy range of facilities offered on and along side the beach such as fresh juice stands, fast food stalls, beach restaurants and many more.


East Coast Beaches of Mauritius

East is wilder and less developed than other parts of Mauritius and is offering a spectacle view of wild nature. The white beaches of Blue Bay, Palmar and Belle Mare stretch endlessly along the coast, fringed on one side by the shady green casuarinas trees and edged by the lagoon on the other side. Along the east coast the beaches are more virgin with less beach facilities and are also less crowded than the beaches at the North of the Island.

The most popular beaches of the East region of Mauritius are: Blue Bay, Belle Mare and the beaches of the Ile aux Cerfs Island.



The Blue Bay beach is situated at the South East of Mauritius not far from the port city of Mahebourg. This is one of those beaches where it is simply hard to get a bad picture. The contrasts are amazing. Once you reach Blue Bay beach, you will realize where the name comes from. The sea is crystal clear with many different blues shinning from any angle.

Blue Bay Beach can get quite crowded on weekends with locals heading from Mahebourg to enjoy some relaxation on this beautiful beach. During the week, the beach is quite empty and you will have this beautiful beach almost for yourself.

The beach is perfectly suited for swimming and relaxing. It is also possible to enjoy a very nice stroll along the beach seeing small beautiful bays away from the public.

Blue Bay is also very famous for the Blue Bay marine park which is the first and biggest marine park in Mauritius. Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal destination for snorkeling trips.

The Blue Bay Beach is easily accessible from Mahebourg. You can take a direct bus to the beach or use a local taxi for the short drive.



The Belle Mare beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius. The Belle Mare is one of the longest if not the longest beach of Mauritius. The beach starts at Belle Mare village and stretched all the way south till the village of Trou dÈau Douce.

It’s known for calm waters as there is a great deep lagoon that runs between the shoreline and the beach. The Belle Mare beach sand is very white and pristine.

Because of its length the beach of Belle Mare is perfectly suited for sport activities like jogging and walking along. The walking along this beautiful beach is a real treat.

The Belle Mare beach is also famous for its unique combination of colors. The turquoise deep blue lagoon ends, changes to turquoise crystal clear water in the beach area and ends up in a white clean beach which is bordered to lush green grassland covered by many trees and plants.

This Belle Mare beach lies vacant for most of the week. During weekends the Belle Mare beach fills up with many locals from the surrounding villages.



Just off the east coast of Mauritius and easily accessible from Mauritius mainland by boats, situated the paradise island of Ile aux Cerfs.

The Ile aux Cerfs Island is located inside the large east coast lagoon and as such it benefits the calm waters of the lagoon and the beautiful crystal clear colors.
As you approach the island by boat, you will see the swaying palm trees and the pure white beaches framed by the vivid turquoise waters of the lagoon.

When visiting Ile aux Cerfs you should better dedicate a full day for spending on the island enjoying the many facilities and excursions offered on it.

Ile aux Cerfs Beach has full facilities for the benefit of its visitors. There are restaurants that cater to almost every palate, local bazaar, water sports kiosk and of course the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs beach which surrounds the entire Island.

Ile aux Cerfs, as one of Mauritius most popular tourist destination is pretty busy with tourists through the all week.


South Coast Beaches of Mauritius

The south of Mauritius is considered to be a more virgin region of the Island providing wilder scenery.

The south of the Island is also known for its high sea cliffs and for the dramatic sights of the big waves crushing against the rocks. The reason for the big waves is the breaks in the coral reef at that area which allow the waves to reach all the way to the coast. This makes the sight of Mauritius south coastline very dramatic and picturesque.

The beaches on the Southern part of the island are not recommended for swimming. Usually the area is made up of quite high cliffs which most of the time directly fall into in the sea. Also, due to the fact the island is not protected at this area by the reef, the sea currents are very strong and can be dangerous.

The most popular beaches of the South region of Mauritius are: St Félix, Riviere des Galets and Gris Gris.



The Riviere des Galets beach is located between Souillac and Bel Ombre. The beach is easily accessible when driving on the coast road heading east from Souillac.

Riviere des Galets beach is a great place to enjoy a great view of the sea and the big waves crashing on the shore. Here you can smell the sea, feel the wind breeze and enjoy a beautiful view of the south mountain range.

Few minutes walk from the beach found the small island Ilôt Sancho. The island is reachable by walk from the beach of the Riviere des Gallet by crossing the very shallow sea on this spot.

Ilôt Sancho itself is very small and it is possible to do a complete circle of the island in several minutes. The walk on the island is quite nice, and you will have a great view on the south coast. The sea at Ilôt Sancho does not suit swimming.



The beach of St. Felix is located at the very south of the Island between the towns of Belle Ombre and Soulliac. The St. Felix is considered the most beautiful beach of the south of Mauritius (excluding the Le Morne peninsula).

St Felix is actually consisting of two small separated beaches of which the more eastern beach is a little more recommended to visit.

The beach itself is very beautiful, the sand is white and the sea offers mixtures of blues, from a light turquoise to a darker blue. Also, the many trees and greenery along the coastline provide a dramatic colors contrast to the beach and sea.

Swimming and bathing is not possible at St Felix due to the strong sea currents and the many corals scattered along the beach.

The beach is very quite during weekdays and it offers ideal quite, relaxed gateway.



The Gris Gris beach is located at the South of Mauritius few kilometers south east of the village of Souillac. When driving on the coast road heading east from Souillac you will see a sign leading to the beach of Gris Gris.

Gris Gris beach offers the visitors a magnificent view from the top of its cliffs. This part of the island is not surrounded by coral reefs which causes the thick waves crash directly on the cliffs creating big splashes of water.

Beside the beach there is a small garden offering many quite spots for you to relax on one of the many benches while having a view of the sea, waves and rock cliffs. From the garden there is a way which brings you down to a small beach where you can admire the view of the sea from close.

The most spectacular part of Gris-gris is the “Roche Qui Pleure” where the constant squashing of waves against the flanks of the cliff gives the impression that the cliff is crying.


West Coast Beaches of Mauritius

Enjoy beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets along the West coast of Mauritius.

Flic en Flac one of the most popular beaches of the western side of the island offers a blue turquoise lagoon with shallow water. The Tamarin and Le Morne beaches are well known in Mauritius and also worldwide as ideal destinations for surfers where the waves and wind conditions provide ideal conditions for surfing.

The west coast beaches are quite popular with both tourists and the local Mauritian population.

The most popular beaches of the West region of Mauritius are: Flic en Flac, Tamarin and Le Morne.



The beach of Flic en Flac is located on the west coast of Mauritius between the village of Albion and Tamarin.

The Flic en Flac beach (which means “Free and Flat Land” in Dutch) is one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. The beach continues almost all the way to the village of Tamarin and as such is ideal for a great 1 hour beach walk.

The beach is great for bathing, swimming, snorkeling and for spending a day of relaxation with your partner, family and friends.

The beach of Flic en Flac has white sand and a turquoise blue lagoon. The beach is entirely protected by the coral reef and offers best swimming possibilities without strong sea currents.

When entering the sea be aware of the corals and especially of the sea urchin which are very common in this area. Stepping on a sea urchin can be very painful and this is why it is highly recommended to wear sandals or swimming shoes when entering the sea.

The highlights of Flic en Flac are the beautiful sunsets which fill the sky with range of colors. The sight of the sun disappearing in the sea with the remarkable scenery of the beach all around is quite breathtaking.

During weekdays the beach of Flic en Flac is quite empty while in the weekends the beach can become quite busy with many locals from the surrounding villages and towns.



The Tamarin Beach is situated at the bay of Tamarin between Flic en Flac and the village of Black River.

The sight of the Tamarin beach including also the Tamarain bay and the Black River mountain range in the background is quite impressive and makes the visit to Tamaran beach a worthwhile.

The sand of the Tamarin bay is yellowish and consists of soft sand mixed with little stones. The sea in this area is clear from corals, stones and sea urchins.

The river of Tamarin cuts the beach in two parts. You can pass from one part to the other by crossing the river by foot.

Furthermore the Tamarin bay has no coral reef protecting most of the bay. This is why when the sea if ruff outside the reef, also inside Tamarin Bay the sea may be little ruff and you should be aware of possible strong sea currents which can pull you out into the deep sea.

Also, due to the lack of coral reef protecting the bay on many occasions you will see waves reaching all the way to the beach.

All these make the Tamarin Bay a great beach for bathing in the sea, swimming (In the shallow water) and also for surfing and enjoying the medium height (about 1m) waves.

The Tamarin Beach is quite empty during the week while during the weekends many locals come to the beach with their families. On Friday and Saturday night, it is very popular to come and set-up camftire along the beach and the Tamarin bay.



The Le Morne peninsula is situated on the south west tip of Mauritius. The beaches of Le Morne are located on the west part of the Le Morne peninsula on the foot of the Le Morne Brabant.

Many of the Le Morne beaches are now the setting of a top class hotels, with that the public beach of Le Morne which is easily accessible from the main road, is a great beach in the same level of the other beaches in the area.

The public beach of Le Morne is a beautiful beach with white coral sand, very clear waters providing great visibility, trees scattered along the beach, and beautiful scenery with the Le Morne Mountain as an impressive background.

The Le Morne beach is particularly popular for windsurfing and kite surfers. The perfect wind conditions almost all year-round makes this beach one of the top kite and windsurfing destinations in the world.

Perfect wind conditions are almost all year-round. Also for all non-surfers among us it is worth making a trip to the beach to watch the professional surfers.
Swimming at this beach is possible. However, you should be aware of all the surfers and kite surfers gliding and surfing along the beach.

The Le Morne beach can be quite busy during any day of the week. This mainly depends on the surfing conditions on the day. During weekends, the beach is busy with both locals and tourists coming to enjoy this beautiful beach, the ideal surfing conditions or watching the amazing surfing skills of the professional surfers visiting the beach.

A Store for Sharing Technology and ‘Shopping’ for Innovation

GE’s DNA as a global company and industry leader is something that employees frequently cite as one of the factors attracting them to GE. Often, however, workers get bogged down with projects, not benefiting from the knowledge and research gathered by their colleagues that could be perfectly suited to enhancing their work. GE hopes to remedy this with the development of the GE Store.

GE’s subject matter expertise spans a variety of industries, from healthcare to transportation to oil and gas. Sometimes technologies or research developed by one sector can be applicable to another. For example, a device made to scan pipes for gunk build-up in an oil refinery may also be adaptable for scanning for corrosion in arteries in the healthcare application.

This birthed the idea of the GE Store, an exchange of knowledge, technology and tools across GE that enables the company to leap from industries to drive innovation, performance and outcomes across every business and geography while driving up speed and efficiency. The store is designed to encourage horizontal thinking teams and offers employees the opportunities to take and contribute to the store for the benefit of the over 200,000 employees across the globe.

“When I was in university studying engineering, I would often be given case study problem sets to solve. I would work out the problems and develop my own solutions. I would later meet with a study group who would offer other solutions I realised I’d never even considered,” said Santhosh Pillay, Localisation Leader, GE South  Africa. “This, in essence, is what we hope for the GE Store. People coming together to share new solutions.”

Beyond the sharing of ideas, the GE Store is a great resource for enhancing customer service. Though customers may only interact with a local sales representative, they now have access to the wealth of knowledge and research housed in the GE network.

“Let’s say you’re working on a project in Mozambique. Without the GE Store, you would have to start from the beginning, duplicating processes that have already been developed,” said Jeff Sommer, General Manager, Global Supply Chain, Sub-Saharan Africa, at GE. “With the GE Store, you can see what contracts and projects have been completed for that type of project, and localise them to work in Mozambique.”

The GE Store is further bolstered by the opening of the Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg this past June. “The Innovation Centre is a physical manifestation of the GE Store,” continued Jeff. “It has learning and development facilities and the knowledge our staff builds there can be shared globally for GE’s benefit.”

This article first appeared on GE Reports sub-Saharan Africa

African First Ladies Advance Maternal Health Care Goals in Africa

The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) joined General Electric Company (GE) and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship on June 9 to advance social entrepreneurship to improve maternal and child health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

The First Ladies of Africa were introduced to the healthymagination Mother & Child program, and participated in a roundtable panel that addressed how countries can engage social enterprises to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and improve health care for mothers and children.

In March, GE and Miller Center partnered to create the healthymagination Mother & Child program which trains and mentors social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program combines GE healthcare product expertise with Miller Center’s proven Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) methodology for accelerating social enterprises.

“We are encouraged by the potential of social entrepreneurship, and the healthymagination program in particular, to help reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Her Excellency Madam Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia. “The well-being of the mother is key to ensuring the survival of the child, because children who lose their mothers are less likely to celebrate their second birthdays. The mission and goals of this GE and Miller Center project align perfectly with the mission and goals of OAFLA.”

“The healthymagination Mother & Child program is part of a multi-year global investment by GE to improve global health outcomes, foster regional economic development and develop local human capital,” said Robert Wells, Executive Director of GE’s healthymagination commitment. “We have always tried to stay close to new thinkers and partner with companies that have innovative ideas and move fast to solve major challenges of our time. We are proud to support the development of healthcare innovations and partner with the Miller Center and OAFLA to mentor the best minds to reach this goal.”

“We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

“Miller Center has aligned our time-tested curriculum and successful track record in training, mentoring and accelerating social enterprises globally toward achieving as many of the 17 U.N. SDGs as possible—an approach we feel is the most direct path toward making a tangible difference in the lives of poor and underserved women and children in Africa and elsewhere,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

Improving maternal and child health care in Africa, the world’s second-most populous continent, is a critical global health priority. Over 450 women in Africa die every day from pregnancy-related complications, and children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions. Social entrepreneurship, with its dual focus on positive social outcomes and solid business practices, is uniquely suited to address these issues.


Social entrepreneurship is considered a crucial catalytic factor in alleviating many social and environmental ills because it provides solutions in local contexts that enrich the communities where they are located; is sustainable; invests in human capital; and delivers a replicable, business-focused model that helps organizations to scale.

Participants in the New York luncheon included: Her Excellency Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, spouse of UN Secretary General; Her Excellency, Mrs. Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; Her Excellency, Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of the Republic of Niger; Her Excellency Mrs. Dominique Ouattara-Folloroux, First Lady of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire; Deborah Elam, president of The GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer for GE; Carol Evans, founder and former CEO of Working Mother Media; Dr Stefan Peterson, Director and Chief of the Health Section, UNICEF, Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Katherine Lucey, CEO and founder of Solar Sister; Jennifer Reingold, senior editor at Fortune magazine and Robert Wells, Executive Director for GE’s healthymagination commitment.

About the Organisation of First Ladies of Africa Against HIV/AIDS

The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) is an organization established by African First Ladies in 2002 as a collective voice for Africa’s most vulnerable people including women and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. OAFLA has since expanded its mission to work broadly for the health and empowerment of women, children and adolescents in Africa, including the improvement of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services thereby supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About GE and its healthymagination Commitment

GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more people. Through its healthymagination efforts, GE continuously develops and invests in innovations that deliver high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. For more information about the GE healthymagination commitment, visit http://healthymagination.gehealthcare.com/

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. To learn more about the Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs, visitwww.scu.edu/MillerCenter

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New Issue • TROPICS MAGAZINE Fifty Fifth (55th) Issue Debuts


Fifty Fifth (55th) Issue Debuts March 31, 2015.



JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – March 31, 2015 – Today, TROPICS MEDIA GROUP Chairwoman and CEO Vénicia Guinot announced the launch of TROPICS MAGAZINE ( Issue/Volume 55: http://goo.gl/XeO2y4 ), the leading global fashion and lifestyle magazine for the multiracial community of readers worldwide. TROPICS MAGAZINE fills a void in the marketplace with its complete coverage of diverse news and celebrates the people who “Pave The Way Forward” for the next generations. Created for the utterly modern and highly discerning readers, the magazine prides itself in bringing togetherness among cultures since March 2010 by highlighting the brands, the products, the designers and, most importantly, the trailblazers making an impact in today’s world of fashion and lifestyle.

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The fifty fifth issue of TROPICS MAGAZINE marks the 5th-anniversary celebration of the publication. This edition can be ordered and printed on demand from April 1st, 2015 via email: editor@tropics-magazine.com . Additionally, TROPICS MAGAZINE still grants access to its worldwide audience to read and share this newly released issue which features incredibly talented people.

Published by the TROPICS MEDIA GROUP, the magazine expands its editorial focus beyond fashion and takes publishing to a whole new level. TROPICS MAGAZINE has a circulation of 2 million + online subscribers. Distribution of the magazine includes mailing to affluent men and women with a high income working mainly in Europe, United States of America, Africa and South Asia. TROPICS MAGAZINE is led by the TROPICS MEDIA GROUP Editorial Director Valerie Sosso Moukouelle who heads an all–‐star team of great minds, united by their passion for and expertise in the fashion and lifestyle industries. Karine Linord is the Editor of the francophone zone and she heads the France-based team including the French Caribbean region.

TROPICS Magazine is a god of transitions and thresholds. A fifth anniversary is a time of transition. Our magazine is beginning to shift from the position of a new, experimental bilingual (English and French) publication to a magazine that has begun to solidify a reputation as a global fashion and lifestyle publication for genuine multiracial readers who are so thirsty for more “tropical,” original and efficient coverage of subjects that matter the most to them. We hope we have and will continue to carve out a space for just this kind of headlines and inspiration,” said Vénicia Guinot, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Founder of TROPICS MAGAZINE.



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News: Talking Openly About Women and Gender in Africa

Gender is a complex issue to navigate. Simply put, women and men should neither be limited nor defined by gender.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gender – about women, to be more precise.

Next week, at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), the world will gather to review the progress made since 189 countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Platform for Action 20 years ago – widely regarded as a defining moment for gender equality.  The Beijing+20 gathering will commence in New York a day after International Women’s Day.

gender_equalityMy thoughts are driven not only by those events, they’re also driven by experience as well as wider discussions in science and development.

Like anyone who reflects on women’s place in society, it only takes a look at news headlines to see evidence of violence against women and girls, violations of rights to education and health, and even less obvious issues such as their contributions in productive sectors such as agriculture being overlooked.

That many discriminatory laws remain in place, according to a recent report, despite the Beijing declaration, shows one structural barrier to equality.

From the perspective of science, debate tends to centre on barriers to women’s full participation and advancement in scientific fields.

These barriers often start at an early age, with social norms and misconceptions about gender-specific abilities. But they often persist through to advanced career stages, with overt or nuanced disadvantages including the lack of family-friendly employment policies.

Yet over the years, I’ve often felt uneasy about how these issues might apply to my own life and career.

The risk of focusing on gender

There are those who believe passionately in the gender equality agenda and others who may see it as only one of many important issues in science and development. Similarly, some scientists and science journalists may believe there is too much emphasis on barriers along gender lines, while others may have experienced obstacles or stereotypes first hand.

I’ve slowly come closer to identifying my unease. It is a worry that looking at people or activities through a gender lens risks unduly focusing on gender above everything else that makes up that individual or action.

Defining ourselves and others in terms of gender has a strange way of reinforcing the stereotypes we are trying to dispel. And that risks creating something akin to a parallel track that is specific to women but separate from the world in which they demand, and should have, a stronger presence.

Simply put, being a woman, or a man, or of any other gender identity, is part of who we are, but we are made up of much more. Take any female or male researcher profiled on SciDev.Net’s pages. Does their gender have an overwhelming influence on their work?

Changing mind-sets

This is, of course, one side of the coin, one to do with individuals. On a collective or social level, the picture looks different.

Without a doubt, how individuals and societies perceive women, their capabilities and their roles affect women’s lives and their rights.

This applies to participation in both science and development. Gender equality and empowerment initiatives by the UN and others are crucial for raising awareness, changing mind-sets and promoting change that will put men and women on an equal footing.

Gender mainstreaming is part of our strategy at SciDev.Net. Guest blogger Henrietta Miers regularly offers incisive commentary on the gender implications of – or indeed omissions in – science and development news headlines. Other analysis blogs have tackled issues around gender that go beyond women: about LGBTI persecution or sexual violence against men.

To return to women: in 2011, a collection of articles explored barriers to women’s participation in science. More recently, a data visualisation piece explored the proportion of female researchers in countries around the world, and interviews have highlighted women’s personal stories and routes into academic institutions.

Last November, in collaboration with the organisation GenderInSITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), we hosted workshops for editorial staff on understanding social gender dynamics in science reporting. The Practical Guide we publish this week, on reporting science through a gender lens, began with conversations during those workshops.

Beyond definition and limits

The problem is that arguments for gender perspectives on science or development are sometimes understood as arguments for gender as a defining feature of anyone’s contribution. But being a woman or a man does not define us – and crucially, neither should it limit us.

The aim is equal opportunities, equal rights and equal power – and more to the point, it is about being open to diversity that enriches any task, any conversation, any society.

This brings me to two of the reasons why gender is a complex issue to navigate.

The first is confusion over the individual and collective aspects of how we understand gender. For example, inequalities and injustices for women in many societies are undeniable; covert messages, patriarchal systems and entrenched beliefs have a disempowering effect, often in subtle ways, discouraging women and girls from participating fully in society.

But it would be a mistake, and part of the very definition of discrimination, to use collective characteristics as a way to understand an individual woman – and vice versa, to use an individual woman’s experience to understand the collective.

Scepticism about gender barriers in science might come from women who haven’t experienced them or who have achieved success regardless. Neither case offers an argument against what might be a reality for the majority.

The second reason is that each person has a different perception of gender in their life and wider society, even as that might change over time.

For all of us, things like upbringing, social environment, education and experiences influence perceptions and attitudes. Similarly, each society is at a different place, historically and relative to each other, in the value it places on women and the structural barriers to women’s participation.

We are not all on the same page – and this only serves to reinforce the need for open conversations about women, gender and equality in the workplace and in societies.

For many parts of the world, getting there is a long road and will take changes in policies, laws and systems that reinforce entrenched inequalities.

But even though we may all be on a journey, there should be no question as to the destination: a world that values diversity, where men and women share the same space with equal opportunities, rights and power, neither limited nor defined by their gender.

Written by Anita Makri is opinion and special features editor at SciDev.Net. @anita_makri


[1] Beijing declaration and platform for action (UN Women, 1995)

[2] Liz Ford Governments too slow to scrap laws biased against women, report says (The Guardian, 14 February 2015)

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