GIS – 27 August, 2018: Government is committed to combat the social scourge of domestic violence by revising laws and coming up with new ways to support the economic empowerment of women who are victims of domestic violence, said the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo.
The Vice-Prime Minister made this statement today during a site visit at Passerelle, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Highlands. She was accompanied by the Minister of Family Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, Mrs Mitcy Marise Larue.
Government, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo recalled, has put in place several programmes such as Women’s Economic Empowerment, Victim Empowerment and Abuser Rehabilitation Policy, and Integrated Support Service, to provide victims of domestic violence with a comprehensive and integrated service. This service will allow victims to benefit from an immediate, consistent, coordinated and timely support and counselling as well as enable them to become economically independent and self-sufficient, she pointed out.
Furthermore, the Vice-Prime Minister underpinned the necessity for families to bring about a change in mindset as well as the importance to give equal and same treatment and facilities to both boys and girls. She called on each and everyone to participate actively to help combat domestic violence by inculcating the right values from childhood itself and help to address the issue of gender equality.
For her part, Minister Larue spoke of the importance of the exchange of information with regards to tackling domestic violence cases both in Seychelles and Mauritius. Adequate education and the collaboration of government are prerequisites in this endeavour, she stated.
The Minister also expressed a keen interest to deepen the existing bilateral ties between Seychelles and Mauritius by strengthening collaboration on issues pertaining to gender equality and women emancipation.
The Seychellois Minister is currently in Mauritius to participate,on 28 and 29 August 2018, in the Indian Ocean Rim Association’s Ministerial Conference on ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment: A pre-requisite for Sustainable Development’.
The Ministerial Conference aims at identifying and formulating gender-responsive initiatives and strategies on Women’s Economic Empowerment in a bid to address gender gaps; and, fostering information and knowledge-sharing on policies, programmes, initiatives and best practices that promote the economic empowerment of women.
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