The Parti Lepep’s Women’s League has pledged to continue helping women achieve gender parity through community based projects to combat the social ills of our society such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, prostitution and domestic violence which negatively impact them.
This comes in a message from the League’s chairperson Mitcy Larue on the occasion of the International Women’s Day today.
This year the International Women’s Day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Pledging for Parity’ with gender parity as the main focus.
In her message to all the women of Seychelles, Mrs Larue stated that gender parity is linked to economic prosperity. The advancement and leadership of women are at the centre of performance and economic prosperity.
“In Seychelles, we have much to celebrate. Women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement in their respective communities. They are leaders everywhere, from chief executive of a successful organisation to the housewife who heads her household and raises her children,” she said.
Mrs Larue said that the government believes in investing in the development of women at all levels of society. Increasingly a more conducive environment is being created to help women advance and realise the limitless potential they offer. The recent introduction of the progressive policy of paternity leave is seen as a concrete step to help achieve gender parity and be more inclusive. This is further accelerated through the countless career opportunities and in some areas flexible working conditions more available to women.
This year’s theme also calls for all organisations and individuals working for women to work with an open mind and with a willingness to share knowledge and skills. We must continue to help women achieve their ambitions, value women and men’s contribution equally, respect and value difference, challenge workplace bias and call for gender balanced leadership.
“The Parti Lepep’s Women’s League pledges to continue to help women achieve gender parity through community based projects to combat the social ills of our society such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, prostitution and domestic violence which negatively impact them. We are also calling for greater gender balance nationally especially in the realm of decision making, taking steps to break down barriers in schools for equality in the choice of careers and equal opportunity in the workplace.
“Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and can take action to accelerate gender parity. It is my wish that all women regardless of age, education or vocation will manage their personal and professional lives to ultimately realise their ambitions and not give up,” Mrs Larue said.
Source : Seychelles NATION