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POWC: Promoting the public speaking skills of public officers and the gender cause

Date: October 18, 2016
Domain:Civil Service; Gender
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 18 October, 2016: Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.’
This powerful statement by Kofi Annan was quoted by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie Aurore Perraud, at the finals of a Public Speaking Competition held on 17 October 2016 at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, New Government Centre, Port Louis.
Organised by the Public Officers Welfare Council (POWC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child development and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, the competition was based on the gender cause. It was open to public officers.
As underlined by Mrs Perraud, the success of this joint venture shows the cross-organisational collaboration on the part of the Council and different ministries that have worked towards a collective goal. She pointed to this collaboration with the Council as part of the endeavours of her Ministry to organise activities geared towards attaining women’s social economic and political empowerment.
Speaking about the Public speaking competition, she highlighted that the aim was for both participants and audience to become aware of the gender cause.  She pointed to the fact that out of the 17 participants, six were men, which for her, gives an opportunity for men to document themselves on gender issues which ultimately bring a degree of change in attitudes and mindset.  
The Public Speaking Competition
The competition is part of the initiatives of the POWC to provide public officers with a platform to develop their dormant talents and more importantly to promote a work life balance.
The 17 participants were given a chance to intervene on a given topic highlighting gender implications.  The six finalists had to make an exposé centering on the theme:  If development is not engendered, development will be endangered. Their exposé not only showcased their abilities but reflected on the pertinent gender equality issue and how to eventually address it.
The first prize went to Mr Qaysar Islam, from the National Transport Authority. The first runner-up is Ms Tejaswinee Burumdoyal while Ms Jyotee Awotar-Nagapillay came out as second runner-up. A cash prize of Rs10, 000, a shield and a token were awarded to the winner. The first and second runner-up received cash prize and a token as well. All the 17 participants were awarded a certificate of participation.  
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