GIS - 08 September, 2015: The imperative for a concerted and multi-agency approach to fight domestic violence and gender-based violence effectively was reiterated this morning by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, at the launching of a three-day workshop at Intercontinental Mauritius Resort in Balaclava.
The workshop aims at devising a strategic plan based upon the Report of the Advisory Committee on the Reinforcement of Framework for Protection from Domestic Violence, and enabling representatives from various Ministries and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to contribute to the elaboration of a domestic violence costed action plan for 2015-2018. The plan will focus on legislation, support system, prevention and research.
“The fight against domestic violence and gender-based violence is not the sole preserve of my Ministry,” highlighted Mrs Perraud in her address. She stated that other stakeholders and agencies working in this challenging area should be involved and their efforts should add to and complement the Ministry’s endeavours. She is of the view that the strategic plan to be elaborated by participants during the workshop would provide a better mechanism for all stakeholders and agencies to combat domestic violence much more effectively.
The Minister also indicated the number of cases of domestic violence reported at the six Family Support Bureaux from 2012 to 2014. The figures are as follows: 1,974 cases in 2012, 1,786 in 2013 and 1,680 in 2014. According to Mrs Perraud, the cases of domestic violence reported represent only the tip of the iceberg, adding that there are other cases that are reported to NGOs, Police and civil society agencies. “We should therefore all join our forces to fight domestic violence and gender-based violence,” she affirmed.
It is recalled that on 17 August 2015, the Report of the Advisory Committee on the Reinforcement of Framework for Protection from Domestic Violence was officially launched. In response to calls for reforms and amendments of the existing legal framework for dealing with the issue of domestic violence, an Advisory Committee on the Reinforcement of the Framework for Protection from Domestic Violence was set up in March 2014, chaired by Mr Rosario Domingue, CEO Law Reform Commission.
The Advisory Committee, comprising representatives from the judiciary, National Assembly, Ministries and Civil Society, reviewed the existing framework and made recommendations in the report of how it could be improved so that the fight against domestic violence can be much more effective.
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