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Gender equality remains a national priority, underlines Gender Minister

As we are set to celebrate the 50 years of the Independence of Mauritius, it is vital to valorise the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. The International Women's Day is a landmark event dedicated to the accomplishments of women in various fields and their enormous contribution in the socio-economic development of the country.

The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, made this statement yesterday during a site visit effected at Princes Tuna (Mauritius) Limited, Riche-Terre. She was addressing the employees of the company, mostly women, on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus underlined that gender equality should not be categorised as a fight but rather a right to equal opportunities as regards education and employment. She emphasised that women, in all walks of life, have outperformed and have evolved into iconic symbols of patience, hard work and courage.

Government, she highlighted, gives high importance to gender parity as a global priority and is determined to eliminate discrimination at all levels. To this end, she underscored that all women should be encouraged to join the National Women's Council which is an organisation working for the integration of women in the development of the country.

Speaking of the Princes Tuna (Mauritius) Limited, the Minister pointed out that the company, since years, is providing employment opportunities to women in Mauritius as well as from other parts of the world. It is also noteworthy that currently there are some 10 women who are employed at high management level which is in itself a matter of great pride, she underlined. This, she added, cements Princes Tuna's commitment to support the progress of women in their career paths.

She reiterated her appeal for a change in mindsets and attitudes to attain gender equality, and consequently a fairer and more just society. She appealed to each and every one to respect women and value them as the pillars of a prosperous country.

Source: Government of Mauritius