Mauritius: PM vows to be 'ruthless' against those who ill-treat women, girls

Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday said that his government will take firm action that includes strengthening of the laws to deal with violence and abuse against women and children.

Speaking at an official activity marking International Women's Day at Ebène, in the centre of the island, Sir Anerood said atrocities and crimes being committed against girls and women had to be halted.

"And I am prepared to go very far to protect the citizens of this country from the onslaught of dangerous individuals," he said. But, he added, "we have to get consensus on the way forward although I feel that people are urging for radical action".

The Prime Minister declared that everything possible should be done to ensure that the dignity of a woman is never trampled upon.

"Women are indeed changing the world. They are proving themselves to be as good as men or even better than men in many professional fields including science and technology," he emphasised.

According to him, women are impressive and magnanimous in assuming their multiple responsibilities as daughter, mother, wife and bread earner. "They are the pillars of their families," he stated.

Sir Anerood recalled that Mauritius was much more ahead than other countries in the region in terms of its socio-economic development.

"We have overcome inequalities because our constitution makes no discrimination between men and women," he said.

"Mauritius has indeed come a long way with regard to women’s status as the last decades have witnessed remarkable progress in terms of cuts in mortality rates, gender parity in enrolment rates in the academic field, better performance of girls at primary and secondary levels, increased participation of women in the labour market, access to reproductive health services and women’s entry in the political arena."

The Prime Minister highlighted that he had always supported women in accessing positions at high levels of decision-making.  

"It was during my first tenure of office that the first woman ever was appointed Permanent Secretary. This appointment paved the way for other women to occupy similar positions. And it is gratifying to note that currently, there are 9 women Permanent Secretaries and 25 women Deputy Permanent Secretaries."

Sir Anerood also spoke of his present mandate, where he appointed the first women as President of the Republic and Speaker of the National Assembly.

"These are testimonies of my recognition of women’s potential and gender equality," he said.
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08 march 2016 08:05:37




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