Ghova Ramanjooloo – Mauritius

Ghova Ramanjooloo – Mauritius


Date: June 15, 2015
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I am the Chief Executive of the District Council of Moka/Flacq, meaning that I am not only number one in the hierarchy but I has a constituency. Being the CE, I have all the powers to work within the framework of the Local Government Act 2011. I take all decisions regarding the District Council, and gives approval for funding of gender activities and other logistics.

In fact, my first encounter with Gender Links is not something I am proud of. When we first encountered Gender Links, the councillors were not quite clear on what Gender Links wanted to do. We thought that GL might be a private organization and might be using us. So, we sent a letter saying that as a locality, we would not work with Gender Links. However, soon after we started seeing the impact that Gender Links was making in Mauritius, including the wide media coverage. We did not want to be left out. What changed our mind was when we came to the launch of a workshop organized my Gender Links with the support of the Vice Prime Minister. At that point, we realized we had made a poor decision, and wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Thereafter, I realized we had lost one year of precious time by not working with Gender Links.

It is now easy to see how working with Gender Links is changing the face of the community. We have so much work to do, but now we have support, and a structured approach. We have a database, but it is not disaggregated by gender. We have lots of women in the market, but haven’t done any study on them to understand the gaps, challenges, and needs. We do not want women as passive beneficiaries. We want them to talk and tell us about their needs. It is by talking with Gender Links that I have realized that.

If we want to improve the lives of women, we must have full information, and we must change the way we work. We must become more professional in our approach, and we know that Gender Links can help us do that. Gender Links has helped us develop clear objectives, and our locality now wants to be part and parcel of their achievement. We have been working on gender issues, but without knowing if we were doing things the proper way. Now, this group of professionals will make us work differently. At the end of the day, women, men, youth, and children in the community will be the beneficiaries.

I want to see change happen, and once the COE process goes full swing through all the stages, we will see changes in peoples lives. When we signed the MoU with Gender Links on April 12th, 2012, we were proud to be able to say that we increased our social budget by 50%, and are even prepared to employ more staff as the COE process unrolls. We are now working out a calendar of activities in collaboration with Gender Links, and we can tell we have a lot to look forward to.

 

 


2 thoughts on “Ghova Ramanjooloo – Mauritius”

Leila Rajah says:

Mum and Dad are well. David and I would like to get in touch with you. Best wishes Leila and David

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