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:
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. .
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
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.
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.
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.
the context of International Women’s Day (March 2017), the following activities
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.
Forum: “Fostering a New Generation of
Young Women: Advocating for GEWE” on 02
March 2017. The objectives were to:
young women and girls to work towards a gender inclusive society;
a platform for participants to voice out their concerns and aspirations; and
out a Roadmap in regard to rallying young women into a women’s movement.
was organized by the National Women’s Council in collaboration with the
Ministry. Some 100 young women attended the activity.
on the theme: “Young Motherhood:
Challenges and Way Forward” on 04
March 2017. The objectives were to:
knowledge and information on the incidence of Teenage Pregnancy, its causes and
consequences , and implications from a medical and socio-economic perspective;
teenage mothers to voice out their concerns and seek advice and assistance from
the issues, concerns and challenges of young motherhood and propose actions to
Some 60 “Single Mothers” attended the
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
gathering of some 6, 000 women was
organsied to mark the event on 08 March
2017. The objectives were to:
achievements in favour of women;
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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;
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)
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