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Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare

Gender Mainstreaming Strategies


(i)                 Gender Mainstreaming Strategies

 

In line with the National Gender Policy Framework of 2008, which calls upon all Ministries to engender their respective policies, the Government of the Republic of Mauritius introduced the Gender Responsive Budgeting Initiative in the fiscal year 2016/2017 on a pilot basis. An amount of (Rs 200, 000) was allocated to 5 Ministries.  These are as follows:

 

  o   The Ministry of Youth and Sports organized a Training of Trainers in Life Saving Skills (Self-Defense and Swimming) on 24 April 2017 for a group of 20 women aimed at creating a pool of trainers who would be tasked to train other women. . 

 

  o   The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life organized an Open Day on Feminisation of Cancer on 04 May 2017 to raise awareness on preventive measures amongst the womenfolk. 

 

  o   The Ministry of Social Security. National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development (Environment and Sustainable Development Division) trained a group of female prisoners for the production of Eco-Friendly folders that would, thereafter, be sold amongst Government’s institutions.

 

  o   The Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research conducted a course on Essential Housekeeping targeting some 23 girls with hearing disabilities from “Ecole des Sourds” to provide skills to the girls for their employability.

 

   o   The Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms is undertaking a study on Gender Issues impacting the whole Civil Service to identify gender gaps that impede on women’s empowerment.

 

The pilot projects has been a success. For budget 2017-2018, a sum of Rs 200, 000 has been allocated to each Ministry for the implementation of new programmes to enhance women’s empowerment. 

 

  

        (ii)               In the context of International Women’s Day (March 2017), the following activities were organised:

 

·                    Interactive session with “Three Generations of Women Telling their Stories” on 01 March 2017.  The objective was to hold a dialogue between three generations of women where their lived experiences would be shared to inspire young women to pursue the unfinished agenda for gender equality. 

 

Some 150 participants (50 elderly women; 50 middle-aged ones and 50 young ones) attended the activity.

 

 

·                    Youth Forum: “Fostering a New Generation of Young Women: Advocating for GEWE” on 02 March 2017.  The objectives were to:

 

·        engage young women and girls to work towards a gender inclusive society;

·        provide a platform for participants to voice out their concerns and aspirations; and

·        chart out a Roadmap in regard to rallying young women into a women’s movement.

 

This activity was organized by the National Women’s Council in collaboration with the Ministry.  Some 100 young women attended the activity.

 

·                    Forum on the theme: “Young Motherhood: Challenges and Way Forward” on 04 March 2017.  The objectives were to:

 

o   enhance knowledge and information on the incidence of Teenage Pregnancy, its causes and consequences , and implications from a medical and socio-economic perspective;

o   enable teenage mothers to voice out their concerns and seek advice and assistance from specialists; and

o   discuss the issues, concerns and challenges of young motherhood and propose actions to address them.

 

Some 60 “Single Mothers” attended the activity.

 

·                    Dialogue: “A l’écoute des femmes vulnérables” held on 06 March 2017.  The objectives were to provide a platform to participants to voice out their problem and to provide them support as warranted on a case to case basis.  Some 100 poor/vulnerable women attended the activity.


·                    A gathering of some 6, 000 women was organsied to mark the event on 08 March 2017.  The objectives were to:

 

o   celebrate achievements in favour of women;

o   reflect upon and strategise on the way forward in regard to bridging all outstanding gender gaps that continue to undermine the attainment of gender equality; and

o   reiterate Government’s commitment regarding Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

 

 

             (i)                   Capacity Building Programmes for members of Social Action Committees held during the months of April / May 2017.   Some 83 members of the SACs participated in the activity.

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   (ii)                     Capacity building programme for the political empowerment of Women Municipal Councilors held on 22 April and 06 May 2017.  Some 22 female councilors were trained.  The phase was focused on the provision of skills such as leadership; communication; self-assertiveness; advocacy and campaign planning.

 

   (iii)               The Gender Unit in collaboration with the Standard Chartered Bank (Mauritius) Ltd launched the Goal Programme on 24 July 2017. The objective was to empower girls aged 13 to 18 years old, who are mostly school drops or still attending school through the modules of the Programme that include, inter alia, Be yourself; Be Healthy; Be Empowered and Be Money Savvy so that the can make informed life choices.

 

Some 125 participants representing the 15 Women Empowerment Centres attended the launching.

 

   (iv)              The Ministry of Gender Equality, CDFW in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life launched a Training of Trainers and Help Desk on the use of Synthetic Drugs on 14 September 2017.  The objectives were to:

 

·        To equip participants with relevant and knowledge on the use of synthetic drugs so that the latter can assist women who are distressed due to their children being victims of this scourge;

·        To set up a Help Line at the level of Women Empowerment Centres wherein resource persons engaged in dealing with the issue can attend to those  in need (half a day on a monthly basis)

·        To empower participants so that the latter can disseminate  information regarding the use of synthetic drugs and other related implications.

 

60 participants comprising officers from the different units and its parastatal bodies were imparted with information and knowledge on the use of synthetic drugs and its related implications

 

 

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