Mauritius: Mauritian parliament votes to further promote women's empowerment

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of the National Women’s Council Bill which, according to the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, will further promote women's empowerment.

"(It) paves the way for a more modern and appropriate legislative framework so as to further promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, especially through the active participation of women in the social, economic and political fields," she said.

Addressing the Parliamentarians, Mrs Perraud said the rationale for the repeal of the current legislation is to enable the National Women’s Council to transform itself into a dynamic entity that would be in a better position to respond to the changing needs of contemporary Mauritian women and contribute more effectively to uphold their status in a challenging world.
Mrs Perraud expressed regret that while women’s issues have evolved rapidly in the country over the last decades, the National Women’s Council has remained static and passive, with no change in its structure, membership and functions over the last 30 years. 
According to the Minister, the National Women’s Council bill will go a long way towards strengthening the existing measures being taken by her Ministry for the empowerment of women and the achievement of gender equality in the social, economic and political fields.

She added that strategies to improve women’s status, strengthen gender equality policies, eliminate gender disparities and reduce female unemployment will all contribute to improve the status of the Mauritian women economically, socially and politically.

Under the bill, the National Women’s Council is tasked with implementing Government policies relating to women’s empowerment and gender equality; advising the Minister on ways of addressing factors responsible for impeding women’s empowerment and gender equality; providing a network at national, regional and international levels with organisations which promote women’s empowerment and gender equality; and promoting the recognition of women’s rights as human rights.
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04 may 2016 09:23:24

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