GIS - 13 September, 2016: A two-day capacity development workshop aimed at broadening the understanding of the Mauritian parliamentary staff as regards the Sweden-funded SADC Parliamentary Forum Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Governance (SRHR) programme is being held on 12 and 13 September 2016 at Le Victoria Hotel in Pointe aux Piments.
Some 20 staff of Parliament from the Clerk’s office, Hansard Unit, Library, and Administration are participating. The objectives are to strengthen the capacity of staff of parliament to systematically monitor parliamentary systems, identify bottlenecks and recommend innovative approaches that will seek to effectively implement the Project. The ultimate aim is to develop a framework that may translate regional parliamentary knowledge into country level action; and to map out key actions for reporting and analysis on the Project Indicators.
Mauritius is one of the six Southern African Development Community countries participating in the four-year project on SRHR from 2014 to 2018, funded by the Embassy of Sweden. The other participating countries include Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Seychelles, and Tanzania.
The workshop comprises interactive presentations, group work and use of case studies from other implementing countries on the SRHR Project. Several themes are on the agenda namely Overview of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, programmes and operational framework; Introduction to the SRHR Project; Overview of the Mauritius Parliament and departments; and SRHR and HIV/AID challenges facing Mauritius.
The SRHR Project
The SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) was created as a platform for dialogue on issues of regional interest and concern. SRHR has been recognised as a fundamental aspect of human health development in the SADC region as it provides individuals the opportunity to make choices regarding their sexuality and reproductive health rights despite their age, gender or HIV status.
The 19th SADC PF Plenary Assembly Session held in Lilongwe, Malawi 2007, adopted a resolution on the role of parliaments in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy for the SADC region was finalised in November 2008.
The four-year SRHR 2014-2018 Project seeks to contribute to capacity development of parliamentarians, especially women Members of Parliament. In this context, a two-day orientation training workshop for Members of the national Assembly was held on 29 and 30 October 2016. The objective is to facilitate these members to promote, intervene and advocate for relevant policy to be supportive of human rights and sexual and reproductive rights.
By attaining this objective, the SRHR Project expects to contribute positively to the provision of equitable universal access to SRHR and HIV/AIDS services. These include improved health and respect for human rights of all, especially women and girls, in the SADC region.
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