The journalists of the Eurasian Women’s Community interviewed Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, representative of the Mauritian’s parliament, on the Forum of Women Parliamentarians that was held in the framework of the 137th IPU Assembly. She mentioned that women’s issue was put on the agenda many years ago. There were many positive changes in her country in this sphere since those days. 

Thus, since 1982, there is a ministry, which works on promotion of women. Throughout its existence, the ministry has been developing rapidly. Now it is called the Ministry of Gender Equality and its work covers pretty wide range of issues. 

Besides, a special committee that monitors all the existing laws and determines those that might lead to discrimination of women was set up in Mauritius in 1982. Then, such laws are amended to prevent the discrimination. 

By the way, the Constitution of the Mauritius guarantees the gender equality. Moreover, the jobs are not divided into women’s and men’s. For example, there are representatives of both sexes in the spheres of education, healthcare, and power structures. “We have now several women on top positions of the judiciary system, in the sphere of education, and in the government. However, only 9 out of 70 senators are women. This number will increase soon”, says Santi. 

Santi Bai takes part in promotion of women’s agenda in her country. She established and headed caucus that deals with gender issues. 

Our interlocutress mentioned that the campaign for improving women’s positions has gained momentum recently. However, Santi Bai stressed that it is important to remember about men while struggling for women’s rights. Of course, we must strike a balance because when we speak about gender equality we mean men and women. 

Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community 

Translated by Yan Zarubin