– 25 November, 2016: A colloquium on the Justice System for Domestic Violence was launched this morning by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel Port-Louis. The event was held in the context of the International Day Against Violence Against Women which is commemorated annually on 25 November.
The launching was done in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, the Attorney General, Mr Ravi Yerrigadoo, Barrister-at-Law and expert on United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Mrs Pramila Patten and other eminent personalities.
The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Perraud, condemned the unchanging percentage of 90:10 of domestic violence in Mauritius on women and men respectively. She stated that the justice system for domestic violence regarding penalties and sanctions needs to be reviewed and that domestic violence should be treated as a highly prosecuted crime.
She referred to a streamlining of measures and procedures by her Ministry. One of them is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Committee. It was launched last year to devise appropriate frameworks for the protection of victims, to keep a fast track record system and to ensure follow up on each case.
Minister Perraud also mentioned about Domestic Violence Information System, a web-based computer system for registration of reported cases of domestic violence and the toll-free hotline 139 to ensure that proper and timely assistance is provided by the officers of her Ministry.
The Minister also launched a pamphlet on the main provisions of the Protection from Domestic Violence Act, a poster on ‘Sexual Harassment is Against the Law’, a leaflet on Code of Ethics for stakeholders working for Domestic Violence and a policy on Prevention of Sexual Harassment.
The pamphlet is in English, French and Creole, and is meant for the public at large to fully grasp the new amendments related to domestic violence. The poster provides more guidelines for the Prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, which is also a form of gender-based discrimination.
A trailer of the selected films for the short-film competition on the theme “Aret Violans Domestik”, organised in collaboration with the Mauritius Film Development Corporation and the NGO Passerelle was also presented.
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