GIS - 27 June, 2013: A one-stop-shop whereby women can access a wide range of services was inaugurated today at the Indira Gandhi Women Centre in Rivière du Rempart in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Deva Virahsawmy, and other personalities.
The objectives of the one-stop-shop are to decentralise services provided by the ministry and other stakeholders, thereby reducing the cost and time spent travelling, and improve access to different information and services for women of Rivière du Rempart and its vicinities such as Barlow, Amaury, Mapou and Petite Julie, among others. The service providers grouped in the one-stop-shop include the National Agency for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Substance Abusers (NaTRESA), PILS, the National Empowerment Foundation, Family Planning, the Commission Nationale du Sport Féminin, the National Women’s Council, the National Women Entrepreneur Council, the National Children’s Council, and the Family Welfare Protection Unit as well as the Gender Unit of the ministry.
Previously, the Indira Gandhi Women Centre, like most women centres, was only geared towards providing capacity building and Information, Education and Communication programmes to women. With the one-stop shop approach, the ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare intends to enhance existing services provision. A calendar of activity affixed at the Women Centre will enable women to take cognizance of schedule of services.
Speaking to the gathering of women from Rivière du Rempart and its vicinity, Minister Martin highlighted the importance of women centres in enhancing women's skills and boosting their self esteem and confidence by providing capacity building programmes geared towards improving basic skills or increasing their employability. She stated that by making the efforts to improve their life chances and opportunities, women are most likely to contribute to bettering the circumstances and lives of their children and families. Minister Martin also said that the ministry is committed to find ways of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of its service delivery in those centres.
For his part, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Deva Virahsawmy, urged women to avail of information, advice and support provided by the women centre and the one-stop-shop, adding that women should have higher expectations for themselves.
During the inauguration ceremony, attendance certificates were handed over to some 26 women who followed a Training course in Agro Processing and Dehydration of Agro Products at the Production cum Sales Centre of Plaine des Papayes. A course on the implementation of effective communication with women’s associations was also launched on the occasion.
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