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Mauritian council educates women on their rights

GOODLANDS – The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act and the Legal Aid Act are the focal point of this year’s Legal Literacy Programme for Women, organised by the Mauritian National Women’s Council, a report says.

The programme, on Wednesday, was organised to increase women’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of the laws relating to the rights of women.

It was aimed at teaching women how to access laws that guaranteed women protection and assistance.

The Mauritian Child Development and Family Welfare Minister, Mireille Martin, said the Legal Literacy Programme was meant for the social, economic and political empowerment of women.

She made the disclosure at the Social Centre in Goodlands, Northern Mauritius where the programme was taking place and has “Mauritian Gender Equality’’ as its theme.

She said the programme was also aimed at building a fair and equal society, adding that “it is only when women are made aware of the provisions of the law concerning their rights and protection that they will be able to be less susceptible to injustices.’’

Martin urged women to conduct outreach activities after their participation in the Legal Literacy programme.

She also urged them to share their experiences and disseminate information in order to enlist a greater number of women in their associations and communities to gain access to legal information.

It was recalled that in 2013, the literacy programme was based on Equal Opportunity Act and the Local Government Act.

More than 200 women are participating in the programme. (PANA/NAN)