Mauritius: District Council of Grand Port

Date: August 17, 2018
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The District Council of Grand Port is found in the south of Mauritius and was founded some 45 years back. It employs more than 500 people. It seeks to develop the southern region and improve the population’s standard of living.

The council is working on and implementing work place policies and practise which are gender/family/disability/youth friendly. Currently, there are 24 male councillors and 2 female councillors. The mayor/political head of the council is male.

The District Council of Grand Port has five committees, one of which is chaired by a woman. The 2 female councillors are in the executive committee and take equal part in the decision-making process of the council.

The workforce of the council consists of 10 men and 4 women. The council also employs 21 percent of youth. 1 man and 1 woman are part of the management. Between 0% to 25% of women participate in public consultations.

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public


$0 $0
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $21865 $21865
Resources allocated to the gender policy process and action planning $21865 $21865
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $54665 $40998

There are provisions both for maternity leave and paternity leave, each lasting 3 months and less than one month respectively. The Council has an HIV and AIDS Policy. It also has a Sexual Harassment policy and actively work to make the workplace a safe milieu. The council offers disability-friendly facilities such as ramps to facilitate accessibility for people with disabilities.

The District Council of Grand Port allocates a substantial budget to gender-related projects.

The Council follows a non-discriminatory strategy in allocating market stalls and offering tenders. The Council’s local economic development plan offers facilities, for example in terms of financial support, to women, people with disabilities and young people.

The Council organises campaigns to raise awareness on climate change. It has implemented various climate change projects, such as Rain Water Harvesting, Composting and Back Yard Garden, which are handled by both men and women.

The Council has one water and sanitation committee. 4 men and 1 women are part of this committee. The Council ensures that there is sufficient lighting on the streets and actively participates in campaigns which raise awareness on gender in collaboration with Gender Links and other local NGOs.

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