Mauritius – Marie Josee Medon

Mauritius – Marie Josee Medon


Date: September 20, 2018
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Marie Josee gained organisation skills how to make advantage of the use and profit of money. This came from workshop and training.

Living an unstable life with only temporary jobs and being discouraged to the point where she found herself begging for money on streets. After having faced injustice and harshness at home where she was denied means to support herself, she fell into dark times and faced many obstacles and was in a situation of severe poverty. After turning to religion and starting a small business of local food she found herself still in an unstable situation due to not having a permit and being at threat of legal issues. She eagerly attended to one of gender links meeting. After that she followed gender links courses which made her gain better organisation.

Gender links offered her the opportunity to be work towards being self-sustainable and develop basic management skills which allowed her to stabilise her already existing business. After confirming that those workshops allowed her to gain in self-confidence she explains that she is now more at ease in communicating with her clients. She then added to be more proud of her path and sensitive to the importance of fighting for gender issues.

Though admitting that her family and neighbours were not aware of her work and what she had gone through, gender links acted like a platform for her to share her achievements and views. Now her relatives have a better insight.

Having been a victim of gender violence and now a survivor of it, she has become a model for many of the women in her surroundings who suffer from domestic violence. Aware of the different possibilities and help which are present for women, she shares and gives advice to those in tough situation. Marie Josee hopes to create a stable and solid base for her small business.