GIS - 19 July, 2018: A training of trainer Programme for vocational training in craft skills opened this morning at the National Women Development Centre in Phoenix, in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs. Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus.
The training, an initiative of the Ministry, seeks to train instructors in the field of artcrafts so that they in turn assist and empower women entrepreneurs across all women centres and community centres, to reinforce their capacity and increase their output by boosting their creativity and bringing in innovation.
In her address, Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus highlighted that Small and Medium Enterprises are an important pillar of the economy and the National Women’s Council aims to contribute to it by leveraging the unique nature of women’s skills and unleashing the power of women entrepreneurship. On that score, she emphasised that the objective of her Ministry is to dispense more trainings to empower women entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they can start or expand their businesses.
She further pointed out that Government lays emphasis on innovation as a key element to trigger development across all sectors. According to her, it is even more crucial for entrepreneurs to bring in specialisation and innovation in their businesses to meet the demands of the world of consumerism. Adopting innovative approaches and practices will lead to business transformation, create new markets, and productivity improvement, she said.
The Minister indicated that Mauritius will have the unique opportunity to participate in an international Exhibition market in Dubai in 2020 that will attract millions of visitors. In this context, the training will ensure that Mauritian female entrepreneurs are prepared prior to that so that they can come up with innovative and good quality products.
Moreover, Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus recalled that her Ministry aims to empower women to shoulder the multiple roles that they are conferred with, within their families, in society and at work. Speaking about the victims of abuse, she urged the population to alert the authorities whenever they spot any such cases, on a humanitarian ground. She added that women in particular should weave a strong female solidarity so that they can help each other in times of distress.
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