– 01 December, 2017: A working session focused on the setting up of a Parenthood Observatory was held yesterday at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène. The aim of the Observatory is to gain better insights and understanding on issues of parenthood, enable a more effective assessment of existing provisions and schemes and adopt necessary strategies.
A delegation from L’Observatoire de la Parentalité from Réunion Island and La Caisse d’Allocations Familiales from France attended the workshop along with local stakeholders.
In her address, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, pointed out that the objective of the Parenthood Observatory is to collect and analyse data on different policies and best practices pertaining to contemporary challenges facing family units and members of the community. The Observatory, she said, will enable us to adopt a scientific approach to alleviate these social problems and give a new dimension to ongoing researches on those issues.
Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus added that scientific data is of utmost importance for the project to be set up, to work efficiently and to attain its set missions. She pointed out that while the Observatory will be set up on the model of Reunion Island, it will be tailored to the Mauritian context taking account of the society’s own peculiarities. She also expressed her gratitude to the foreign participants from Reunion Island and France for their expertise as well as technical assistance in the setting up of the project.
The Minister recalled that addressing contemporary challenges faced by family units is at the core of the Government agenda. Each community is confronted with different sets of challenges but some common social ills like gender violence are globally felt, she said. On that note, she underscored the necessity of having interregional reflection and dialogue among countries of the Indian Ocean which, according to her, is key to develop a common stand to address these pressing issues.
Speaking about behavioural problems of children residing in shelters, Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus said that necessary training will be provided to equip officers to better evaluate and deal with complex behavioural problems.
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