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
Protect, To Prevent, To Transform.
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.
work for the social, economic and political empowerment of women.
promote gender equality.
bridge prevailing gender gaps.
- To adopt
a two-pronged approach for transformation namely:-
Implement women’s empowerment programmes.
institutions in incorporating a gender perspective in their policies.
harmonize legislative frameworks and policies to our commitments at
international and regional levels related to women’s empowerment and gender
be guided by the principles of human rights and gender equality.
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)
Beijing + 20 outcome ( link to document)
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)
Mid-Decade (2015-2020) of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 ( Link todocument)
Economic Miracle And Vision 2030 ( link to document)
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.
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.
that end the Gender Unit focuses on the following:
and coordinates the implementation of sectoral gender policies, projects and
programmes in line Ministries.
technical assistance to line Ministries in terms of training and awareness
raising on gender related issues.
Civil Society Organisations and other organisations in promoting and
mainstreaming gender equality through bridging gender gaps.
innovative tools for raising awareness on gender issues for the community,
youth and public at large through innovative tools (CDs, DVDs and ICT,
of films and documentaries)
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
Entrepreneurship development/ Economic Development.
implications of Climate Change
and Decision making
implications of Sexual and Reproductive Health
of interactive DVDs provided and to be put online)
- 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
- 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
- Social Actions Committees― The
Committees will be set up shortly with the mandate to:
solidarity of women and communities at grass root level by undertaking collective
action for their advancement;
a gender perspective within the respective mandates of partners and delivery of
up self-help groups to assist vulnerable women and communities experiencing
positive attitude and create better living conditions among women and
about change in mind-sets in communities for men and women to enjoy equal
rights and to be at par; and
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