Report: Family Protection including Gender-based Violence in Mauritius

Report by Nnenna Ihua, Researcher at YUVA

Family protection is an important aspect in any society because the family is a small unit and families make up the society. Happiness and peace including safety are determinants of a healthy society. In Mauritius, Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is responsible for family protection including gender-based violence, domestic violence, child abuse, elderly abuse, family conflict and conflict among neighbours. Police Family Protection Unit (PFPU) was set up in 1994 with the aim of providing specific services to vulnerable in Mauritius. PFPU is decentralized on a regional basis with a special policing approach for its operation with some underlying principles such as welcoming phase, active listening, individualism, non-judgmental attitude, freedom of decision and confidentiality.

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YUVA lobbies to change appellation of ‘NGO’ to ‘CSO’

YUVA believes that the appellation of NGOs should change from “Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)” to “Civil Society Organisation (CSO)”.

In the past decade, there has been a radical, worldwide change in the way Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) present themselves in the civil society, before the funding agencies and in various nationals and international fora. One significant change is that NGOs now call themselves CSOs, that is Civil Society Organisations. This change is replete with meaning, connotations and implications. And all these meanings and implications have proved crucial for the way CSOs have evolved over the past decade or so. (Mohanty, ‎2002) Continue reading “YUVA lobbies to change appellation of ‘NGO’ to ‘CSO’”

Official Launching of Edycs ARADI Advocacy Group

In the context of the World Mental Health Day Celebration and the Promotion of the African Charter to the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held on the 10th of October, the Edycs Epilepsy Group organised the official launching of the Edycs ARADI Advocacy Group. YUVA, along with many other member organisations, were presented with membership awards, in the presence Mr Daniel Eric Clive Laurent, Lord Mayor of Port Louis; Mr Paramasiva Chengan, president of MACOSS; Mr Youssouf Noormamode, president of Edycs Epilepsy Group; and other NGOs at the Municipality of Port Louis. Continue reading “Official Launching of Edycs ARADI Advocacy Group”

Call for Applications: IP and Access to Medicines Course 2018

Having Pro-Health Intellectual Property laws ensures access to essential medicines.

Take ACTION and apply for the ARASA/SAPAM IP and Access to Medicines online course to find out more on how Intellectual Property laws affect access to affordable and safe medicines in Africa. Continue reading “Call for Applications: IP and Access to Medicines Course 2018”

Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express

17 September 2018

To,
Mr Nad Sivaramen
Director of Publications
La Sentinelle

Dear Mr Sivaramen,

I write to you concerning the article published in L’express on 13 September 2018, Continue reading “Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express”

Does Mauritius need a new Constitution after 50 years of Independence?

A Constitution, which is an established principle and stipulated procedures by which a government operates is not a mere document that can be discarded for a new one at any point in time, rather it is a fundamental or supreme law that can be review or amended when there is a need for injections new ideology into the existing content of the constitution. However, for a country like Mauritius that has a written constitution for over 50 years cannot possibly discard the constitution for a new one rather it only requires some amendment in form of removal of some clauses and inclusions of some observed oversights in the constitution to accommodate changing and emerging system of governance. Continue reading “Does Mauritius need a new Constitution after 50 years of Independence?”