A two-day consultative workshop in view of the setting up of an Observatory for Parenthood in the Republic of Mauritius was launched yesterday by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, at the National Women Development Centre in Phoenix. The event is being held in the margins of activities organised to mark International Day of Families 2017.
In her address, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo said that the Observatory for Parenthood would serve as a platform to bring together various institutions offering child and family services, and collect and analyse data on different policies and best practices regarding family. “The Observatory will be the beginning of a new partnership that will enable a more effective assessment of existing provisions and schemes, conduct evidence-based research on parenthood, identify actors in the sector and map their activities as well as disseminate tools and methods,” she added.
The Minister stressed the decline in marriage rate, which decreased from 21.1 in 1993 to 15.8 in 2014, while the divorce rate was on the rise, from 1.4 in 1993 to reach 3.6 in 2014, with 2,162 divorces granted by Court in 2014. According to Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo, statistics show more divorce procedures are initiated by women than by men.