GIS – 11 November 2016: “Government can continuously step up efforts to promote gender equality, but without a change in mindset from every single individual in this country, there can be no gender equality.”
This call for a shift in the mindset of the population in favour of gender equality was made yesterday by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, at the end of a rally from Ebène to Rose-Hill on the theme ‘Let’s Walk the Talk for Gender Equality’. The rally was organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in the context of the United Nations Women campaign ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030 - Step it Up for Gender Equality’, which calls on governments to take national commitments that will bridge the gender equality gap.
The Minister pointed out that it is not enough to enact laws and implement innovative initiatives to empower women, if prejudices about women’s inferiority and their places in society still exist. “Women do not have less rights than men; women are not less able than men; women have an equal right to participate fully in cultural, social, economic and political spheres of public life”, she stressed.
Highlighting the benefits of gender equality for the community, Mrs Perraud reiterated the commitment of her Ministry in sustaining efforts to ensure that gender equality becomes a reality for the harmonious socio-economic development of Mauritian families. “Together, let us build a society which does not tolerate violence against women and where their rights are respected and protected,” said the Minister.
Let’s Walk the Talk for Gender Equality
The European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Ms Marjaana Sall; the Australian High Commissioner, Ms Susan Coles; women in uniform; women associations, youth clubs; and representatives of various ministries and departments answered to the call of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare to rally and walk the talk for gender equality.
The objectives of the Walk were, among others, to raise awareness on gender equality amongst the public at large; bring forth that women’s rights are human rights; enlist the commitment of all partners working for gender equality; and applaud gender advocates, including men, as Champions for Gender Equality.
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