Mauritius: Mauritius signs the COMESA Social Charter

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Gender Equality  Minister Mrs Aurore Perraud on Tuesday signed the COMESA Social Charter that is meant to boost economic, social and cultural development whilst adopting a human rights-based approach where women have their rights to participate in all spheres of development.

Following the signing of the Charter, Mauritius becomes the first COMESA member-State to sign the Charter that is a guiding document setting the good practices for implementation of their social, cultural and economic policies.

Mrs Perraud said the aim of the Charter is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region as well as to strengthen policies which improve, broaden and ensure the participation of women as equal partners to men, in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life.

“As gender is a wide-ranging area which cuts across ministries and government departments, it is important that all of you take cognizance of the Charter and its recommended actions to enable you to implement the provisions mentioned therein”, she told representatives from various ministries gathered for the occasion.

The strategic pillars of the Charter cover areas like employment and working conditions, labour law, social protection, human resource development and youth mobilization, wellbeing of the child, freedom of association, community development, education training and skills development, healthcare, sustainable development and protection of the environment, cultural and sporting issues and elimination of harmful social and cultural practices.

The COMESA Social Charter was adopted in February 2014 at the 32nd meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

For her part, Beatrice Hamusonde, director of the Gender and Social Affairs of the COMESA, said COMESA’s regional integration agenda cannot be achieved without the full observation of human rights by all members States through the achievements of the inclusive social rights and policies at national level.

“The rights that COMESA States are bound to protect and promote are full social rights. Human beings must have the right to enjoy decent living conditions as members of the socio-organisation environment in which they live”, she said.

Hamunsonde emphasized that these simply that as part of the community all persons should be granted the values for enjoyment of their life including social protection equal treatment for men and women, child protection, education, training and skills development.

All member-States of the COMESA that include Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, should sign and ratify the Charter in order to give it a binding force.
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21 april 2015 14:41:25

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