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Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare

The Gender Unit

The policies and programmes of the Gender Unit are aligned to international and regional commitments pertaining to women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Our Vision

  •   To work for a society where women, men, boys and girls in our Republic fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms         throughout their life cycle and across generations; and equally participate in improving quality of life and well-being in just, safe,           caring and thriving families, social institutions and ecosystems.​ 

Our Mission​

  •  To Protect, To Prev​ent, To Transform.

 Our Role​

  •  To act as the National Gender Machinery (NGM), and lead agency responsible for the oversight, coordination, monitoring and               evaluation of gender mainstreaming policies, strategies and programmes at national level.


Our Objectives

  •  To work for the social, economic and political empowerment of women.
  •   To promote gender equality.
  •  To bridge prevailing gender gaps.

Our Approach​
  •  To adopt a two-pronged approach for transformation namely:-

            (1) Implement women’s empowerment programmes.

            (2) Assist institutions in incorporating a gender perspective in their policies.

Our Policies and Programmes
  • To harmonize legislative frameworks and policies to our commitments at international and regional levels related to women’s empowerment and gender equality.


Our Principles

  •   To be guided by the principles of human rights and gender equality.

​​Our actions are crafted to respond to the following:- 

v  The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda inclusive of a stand-alone “Goal 5 to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls”. (      link todocument​)


v  The Beijing + 20 outcome (      link to document

v  The African Year for Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 as well as other international and regional conferences on women’s empowerment and gender equality (      Link to document)  


v  The Mid-Decade (2015-2020) of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 (      Link todocument


v  Se​cond Economic Miracle And Vision 2030 (      link to document) 

​​Our areas of intervention​

After 67 years since the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) (1948) which underlines the principle of universality of human rights and the  fundamental freedom of  individuals or groups; and after four decades of UN Global  discourses on women’s human rights and gender equality, women’s rights are still being  violated. Notwithstanding significant gains in terms of legislation in favour of women, institutional set ups and policy measures, gender disparities persist at all levels of development.

The ​Gender Unit, therefore, has engaged itself to act as a catalyst for change.  The Gender Unit remains guided by emerging global benchmarks and implements policies and programmes aligned to these.

            Compendium of International and Regional Instruments for the promotion of gender equality.

 To that end the Gender Unit focuses on the following:

  •           Oversees and coordinates the implementation of sectoral gender policies, projects and 

     ​​programmes in line Ministries.

  •      Provides technical assistance to line Ministries in terms of training and awareness 

               raising on gender related issues.

  •     ​Assists Civil Society Organisations and other organisations in promoting and 

              mainstreaming gender equality through bridging gender gaps.

  •           ​Uses innovative tools for raising awareness on gender issues for the community, 

               youth and public at large through innovative tools (CDs, DVDs and ICT, projections

               of films and documentaries)

  •       ​Conducts Capacity building, training programmes at the level of 15 Women Centres 

                (Click here for link) across the island for women’s self-empowerment and their 

                employability. Courses are open to all women and are free of charge. Click here (link 

                to online registration to courses) for online applications for courses run at the Women Centres.

  •     ​Conducts Awareness campaigns on the thematic:​

ü  Women and Poverty

ü  Women Entrepreneurship development/ Economic Development.

ü  Gender implications of Climate Change

ü  Women and Decision making

ü  Gender implications of Sexual and Reproductive Health

 (soft copies of interactive DVDs provided and to be put online)

​​Mechanisms set up in Women Centres
  • ​    Women Associations ― Membership is open to women from all walks of life who are interested to rally themselves for the cause of           women empowerment and gender equality.


  •       Women Sports Associations― This association regroups women who meet on a monthly basis to engage in sports/physical activities.


  •           Agricultural Clubs― This club primarily aims at encouraging members to engage in agricultural activities.


  •       Cine Clubs― This club has the main objective raise awareness amongst women on specific thematic related to women’s empowerment      and gender equality issues through the use of new and innovative tools


  •     Young Women Movement―This movement regroups women in the age group of 18-35years. The overall aim is to ensure that young         women are fully engaged in women’s right and gender equality discourses.

  •       ​Social Actions Committees― The Committees will be set up shortly with the mandate to:

·         Build solidarity of women and communities at grass root level by undertaking collective action for their advancement;

·         Apply a gender perspective within the respective mandates of partners and delivery of services;

·         Set up self-help groups to assist vulnerable women and communities experiencing distress;

·         Inculcate positive attitude and create better living conditions among women and communities;

·         Bring about change in mind-sets in communities for men and women to enjoy equal rights and to be at par; and

·         Establish networks with different partners of the region in a bid to initiate appropriate and/or urgent action for betterment of the community and to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.


  •   ​  Solidarity   Groups ― The overall objective of this initiative is to inculcate a spirit of solidarity amongst women aimed at providing assistance (in kind, cash, and/or moral support) to other in distress.​


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