GIS - 18 July, 2014: The concept of equal opportunities will only be credible when it subsumes the way of dealing with inequality at birth. In order to reach this goal, we should work towards a positive action approach which involves taking particular action to support certain groups or communities to overcome disadvantage and make the most of the opportunities available to them. The priority sectors which should be tackled first are employment and education.
This was the gist of the message of the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr Brian Glover, who was addressing the press this morning during the launching of the Commission’s 2014 Report at Labourdonnais Hotel in Port Louis. He was flanked by members of the Commission namely Mr Shameer Mohuddy, Mrs Danisha Sornum and Dr Rajayswur Bhowon.
The Report, which highlights the work accomplished by the EOC over the last two years since its establishment, is a compilation of the statistics and case studies, the Equal Opportunities Act, the EOC branch in Rodrigues, policy, research and recommendations, sensitisation and awareness campaigns, complaints and enquiries, analysis, relevant case studies, the EOC’s strategic plan, and recommendations.
Mr Glover recalled that the EOC lays a lot of emphasis on mediation and conciliation and works for the promotion of good relations between parties. He said that since its inception till May 2014, 28 cases have been solved in an amicable manner.
Referring to latest statistics Mr Glover said that as at date, 1 200 cases have been lodged, out of which 87% of cases have already been tackled. Among cases received in the beginning, 43 % did not fall within the mandate of the EOC, now only 18% of cases lodged do not fall within the purview of the Commission, he said.
Around 10 000 people have been touched through the Commission’s sensitisation campaigns. Around 18% of cases deal with political opinion and 10% on discrimination on the ground of sex. Statistics also reveal that during 2012 and 2013, 61% of cases were from the public sector and now only 51% of cases have been registered, 24% of cases come from the private sector. The Report also reveals that around 100 complaints are from whistle blowers and that a very large number of complaints have been made by men, that is 666 as compared to 238 by women. As regards Rodrigues, more than 90% of cases are due to differences in political opinion.
About the EOC
The Commission was set up in April 2012 under the Equal Opportunities Act 2008. It is geared towards promoting an inclusive society by bringing forward the richness of our diversity. Its vision is to create a fairer Mauritius with no barriers to equal opportunities and to foster an unprejudiced and inclusive society free from discrimination.
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