GIS - 01 October, 2015: The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is committed to strengthen its strategic alliance with Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Civil society organisations (CSOs), with a view to further advance the women’s empowerment agenda and address gender equality issues.
To that endeavour, some 20 representatives of NGOs and CSOs are participating, since this morning at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes, in a two-day workshop on the theme: Engaging with Non-governmental Organisations for the Promotion of Gender Equality.
In her address at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, stressed that the collaboration between Government and NGOs/CSOs is very important in bringing transformational change while working towards women’s empowerment and gender equality.
“I strongly believe that linkages with NGOs and CSOs should be further consolidated”, affirmed Mrs Perraud. Recalling that in Mauritius, the collaboration between Ministry and NGOs/CSOs dates back to the 1970’s, the Minister stated that the advocacy and solidarity from this partnership have led to the empowerment of women in many walks of life.
According to Mrs Perraud, the Ministry is pursuing its efforts in sustaining the capacity building of stakeholders, including the NGOs. The Minister also urged NGOs/CSOs to make optimum use of women centres as venues to organise their activities, hold their meetings while the Ministry can mobilise more women to attend these gatherings.
During the seminar, discussions will focus namely on: International and Regional Human Instruments on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, Understanding the Gender Concept, Women’s Movement, and Maximising on Women Centres by NGOs.
It is to be noted that this is the second meeting, this year, between the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare and NGOs/CSOs. A first meeting between the Ministry and the NGOs/CSOs was held in March where the latter presented their recommendations on their vision for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Post 2015 Agenda.
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