GIS – 27 November, 2017: “It is unacceptable that violence against women and girls still happens in 2017. We are here today to say no to any forms of violence against women and girls, this should stop!”
The strong call to end violence against women and girls was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on 25 November 2017 at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka on the occasion of the launching of a media campaign on the elimination of violence against women. The event was held in the context of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, commemorated on 25 November, in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, several Ministers, Members of the National Assembly, and other personalities.
The Prime Minister recalled that violence against women and girls is one of the most persistent human rights violations and among the most extreme form of discrimination. “Violence involves verbal, physical, and sexual abuse and mutilation and may as well be cause of death in some cases; we will not tolerate such practices anymore,” said Mr Jugnauth. Speaking on Government’s initiatives on the issue, the Prime Minister highlighted that everything is being done to eliminate domestic violence and give support to victims. He gave the example of the ‘Men as Caring Partners Project’, aimed at mobilising men to take an active stand for gender equality and against gender-based violence.
The importance of education in tackling gender based violence was highlighted by Mr Jugnauth, who recalled that the ongoing reforms in the education sector will contribute to promote positive attitudes towards gender equality and ensure understanding and awareness on the need to combat any forms of violence. “But,” he underlined, “education begins at home and parents have a key role in providing a caring family setting and inculcating the right values to their children.”
The Prime Minister also made an appeal to men for a change in mindset and to become part of the solution to prevent and end violence against women and girls. He pointed out that real men should respect women and portraying women as the weaker sex to demean and degrade the latter was no longer valid in this time and age. While urging people with authority and power to lead by example, Mr Jugnauth called for the participation of every citizen in the national efforts to uphold human rights for women and combat discrimination.
For her part Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus announced that an integrated service centre, making use of latest technologies, will come into operation soon to provide immediate solutions and facilities to victims of violence. She said that her Ministry is focusing on initiatives that would empower victims, offering assistance and skill-based training to these women so that they become financially independent.
With regard to the media awareness campaign on the theme ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women’, the Minister dwelt on the necessity to sensitise the population on the impact of verbal, physical, and sexual abuses on women which cause the disintegration of family and disruption of society. The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is running a media campaign from 25 November to 10 December on the elimination of violence against women. Messages have been placed on billboards at strategic locations and similar clips are broadcast over radio and television. “It is time to pull down the wall of violence against women and move together towards a society free of discrimination,” affirmed Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2017
The United Nations theme for this year is ‘Together we can end Gender-Based Violence in Education’.
Activities organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare to commemorate the International Day include a high level panel discussion on gender-based violence in collaboration with the European Union; workshops on themes such as ‘Giving Women a Voice’, and ‘Community Response to Domestic Violence’; pre-marital counselling for engaged couples and marriage enrichment programmes for married couples.
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