GIS - 26 October, 2018: A sensitisation campaign by the Caravane de Proximité targeting victims of gender-based violence, was launched yesterday at the La Concorde Building in Camp Levieux, Rose-Hill in presence of the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo.
In her address, the Vice-Prime Minister underlined the importance of initiating a change in the mindset of families by inculcating the right values from childhood itself, adding that girls should benefit from equal opportunities and facilities that are provided to boys. On this score, she said that parents have a key role to play in the upbringing of their children and ensuring that violence does not become a means to express their uncontrolled emotions.
A lot of efforts is being done by the Government to eliminate this social scourge through the implementation of several programmes, namely the Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Victim Empowerment and Abuser Rehabilitation Policy, the Integrated Support Service, and the Perpetrator Intervention programmes, she said.
The Caravane de Proximité, she emphasised, is one among the various initiatives to sensitise the population and raise awareness on the severity of the problem of domestic violence. Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo pointed out that it will support the empowerment of victims and reinforce their willingness to condemn as well as report acts of gender-based violence. The victims will also be able to benefit from timely support and counseling; capacity building for self-empowerment and employability; sensitisation programmes; and informative sessions, she added.
Vice-Prime Minister Jeewa-Daureeawoo reiterated that this issue should be a matter of concern to each and every citizen on account that basic human rights are violated when one becomes a victim of gender-based violence. She called on the men to actively participate in these programmes so that they better understand their responsibilities and roles in the family and support the combat against domestic violence.
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