From a Simple Click to Cyber Violence
[Gender Links]Port Louis -Cyber violence is on the increase, yet remains inadequately addressed in most countries. While young people are at a greater risk, both women and girls are especially vulnerable to violence perpetrated via the internet and new media platforms. Preventing technology-related gender based violence (GBV) is an important component in ending violence against women and children.
Women's Education and Economic Empowerment Key to End GBV
[Gender Links]Rose Hill, Mauritius -We cannot address gender-based violence (GBV) in isolation from other social ills such as poverty and poor education. If women have inadequate access to a quality education, they are less likely to be financially independent making them far more vulnerable to different forms of violence. If we are to win the fight against GBV we need improve women's education and economic status.
Perpetrators Must Break the Silence to Stop the Violence
[Gender Links]Port Louis -Violence against women (VAW) continues to plague our societies. There is great emphasis placed on the need for survivors of violence to speak out, not only for individual healing, but to encourage broader social change. However, the need for perpetrators to do the same is equally as critical. Without their testimonies the spiral of violence and silence will continue.
Reforming Language Policies for Gender Equality
[Gender Links]Our Southern African neighbours praise us for the progress Mauritius is making in gender mainstreaming in areas such as governance, reproductive health and HIV and AIDS. Another area supposedly going full steam ahead toward gender parity is education. But, when we scratch the surface, it is clear that the country is committing a crime against its citizens, and women and girls bear the brunt.