GIS - 02 July, 2018: The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Q.C, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs. Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, this morning at the National Development Women Centre in Phoenix. On that occasion, an exhibition was organised to showcase the art crafts of women entrepreneurs.
In a statement Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus pointed out that one key topic discussed with the Secretary General was domestic violence which is a problem that affects women around the globe. It is a complex issue that not only causes harm to the victim but also entails significant social and economic consequences, she said. On that note, she stressed that this matter should be everyone’s concern and underscored the on-going cross-collaborative efforts of all Ministries in order to curtail domestic abuse on several fronts.
The Minister further stated that discussions also focused on the need to enable the social and economic empowerment of women which will be beneficial to their families and the economy. She expressed gratitude to the Baroness for sharing the experiences and good practices of Commonwealth States to chart the way forward for Mauritius. She added that they also spoke about the ways of enhancing the development and growth of women entrepreneurs and improving their visibility in the local and international market.
As for the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, she recalled that the entrepreneurial ability of women contributes to the well-being and innovation for their respective nation. It is essential for Governments to allow women to excel and get the opportunities to achieve their full potential and to tap in their capacities to have a thriving entrepreneurial sector, she said.
Baroness Scotland lauded the efforts of the Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus in championing the cause of women and in combatting domestic violence and praised the commitment of Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth with regard to women empowerment and gender equality. She further underpinned the need to have a partnership between men and women for the betterment of their country.
She further expressed satisfaction at the innovation and creativity of the women entrepreneurs who have showcased their works during the exhibition. She recalled that the Commonwealth has created a network for small and medium size businesses to enable their growth and announced the creation of a mobile application for medium size business entrepreneurs.
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