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Woman Skipper from the South East Coast of Mauritius

Gender Equality

The UNDP remains a privileged development partner of the Government of Mauritius, the Government of Seychelles and the private sector to ensure that gender mainstreaming measures are taken onboard at the highest level of accountability. The Country Office has also established high level and technical working relations at the decision-making and community level. This multi-level engagement ensured policy and community actions were implemented in synergy. The UNDP Mauritius and Seychelles multi-country office integrates gender equality principles across all its areas of work, including sustainable development, socio economic development, climate action and disaster risk resilience, and biodiversity protection. 

Through the technical expertise of the UNDP, members of the Parliamentary Gender Caucus were provided with capacity building and rapid checklists to engender legislation and policies. By providing technical advice to the High-Level Committee on the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the Country Office also contributed to the adoption and present implementation of the National Strategy and Action Plan to Eliminate GBV (2019-2024). A gender equality cartoon was also launched in 2021 to educate different cohorts of the population on the changing social norms.

As part of efforts to empower women to participate effectively in the regional value chains, the UNDP partnered with the Ministry of Industry, SMEs and cooperatives to establish a consultative platform involving Mauritian women entrepreneurs to inform the AfCFTA protocol of Women in Trade. The Mauritius Country Office led national consultations, addressing several issues pertaining to constraints on women participation in trade with mainland Africa, opportunities for collaboration and trade, and strategic investments required to empower them to participate. 

The mobile application application “LESPWAR” was developed for survivors of Gender Based Violence and launched on 25 November 2020, with the support of UNDP Mauritius. The application allows users to report GBV cases, access information on GBV and receive referral support for psychological counselling and other services. As of December 2021, more than 2,000 downloads of the application had been registered from different target groups, with around 645 interventions for survivor support and follow-ups. There are now dedicated Family Protection Officers who follow up with survivors and the Police Response Team on the ground for a more targeted service.

The UNDP also collaborated with different stakeholders to publish the Gendered Voices Newsletter, which is a platform to document women’s experiences and stories in Mauritius and Seychelles. Volume I draws on women’s experiences during the lockdown period and in the wake of the ‘new normal’ to highlight the gendered implications of COVID-19 in Mauritius. Volume II highlights the important role that women play in promoting sustainable development and environmental protection in the Republic of Mauritius. A third volume is currently being published about women and technology.

Women in Mauritius

20%

Proportion of Seats held by Women in National Parliament

30.2%

Proportion of Women in Managerial Positions

91.3%

Women Literacy Rate, age 15+

23.2

Adolescent Birth Rate per 1,000 women aged 15-19

Women in Seychelles

22.9%

Proportion of Seats held by Women in National Parliament

47.7%

Proportion of Women in Managerial Positions

95.9%

Women Literacy Rate, age 15+

68.3

Adolescent Birth Rate per 1,000 women aged 15-19