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Dr Robinson: We Must Empower Women for the Future of Madagascar

September 25, 2013

ANTANANARIVO, Madagscar, September 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

On Pan African Women’s Day, Madagascar Presidential candidate for the AVANA Party, Dr
Jean Louis Robinson, has warned that a failure to address gender inequality will hold the
country back from future development.

Speaking in Antananarivo today, Dr Robinson said: “Everybody with a legal right can
vote in the elections this year, but many women in our country are denied access to equal
opportunities in many other areas of life on a daily basis, including education and jobs.
These are basic human rights, and we must ensure men and women, young and old, are given
the same opportunities. This is the only way we will be able to establish a long-lasting
democracy, in which women continue to play an integral role in our society.

“If Madagascar is to regain the trust and respect of the international community and
retake its rightful position on the global stage, we must be progressive in the
development and implementation of policies to stamp out the discrimination of women in
their daily lives.”

Increasing women’s rights is a key area of Dr Robinson’s manifesto along with
rebuilding international relations and encouraging foreign investment into Madagascar’s
economy. Greater investment in healthcare and education are also top priorities for Dr
Robinson, and the women of Madagascar, who have suffered most in recent years, will
particularly benefit.

This year’s presidential elections in Madagascar have been wrought with controversy,
with one of the only female candidates, Madame Lalao Ravalomanana, being forced to
withdraw from the race in August. Since she stepped down, Madame Ravalomanana and her
party, The Mouvance, have pledged support for Dr Robinson, whom they believe is the only
hope in restoring democracy and political stability to Madagascar.

Notes to editor:

The AVANA party has been created with the purpose to initiate change in Madagascar by
returning it to its former glory and sovereignty. The party’s manifesto heavily
prioritises a social “action plan” to help rebuild Madagascar’s society.

The Mouvance, along with former presidential couple Lalao and Marc Ravalomanana, have
pledged their full support of their party to Dr Robinson’s candidature.

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