Gender Links


The Gender Links Mauritius office was established in September 2008 with a focus on three main areas: gender and governance; gender and the media and gender justice. In the past several years Gender Links (GL) has invested a great amount of effort, care, love and dedication to help women and their families come out of their infernal cycle of violence, poverty, lack of self-esteem, and depression. The results are positive and out of the 300 beneficiaries 80% are working (self-employed full time or part time) and have a sense of worth. There is more communication in the family unit and the children are the biggest winners as they are motivated, more engaged with the family.

Why we do what we do in Mauritius:

  • 1 in 4 women experience violence as adults and 1 in 2 men experience violence as a child.
  • In 2015 the percentage of teenagers between 15 to 19 years who are already mothers or pregnant with a first child has increased from 10.9% in 2002 to 12.1% in 2014.
  • 3,800 cases of teenage pregnancy between 2003 and 2009. In 2010 number of reported cases was at 6,021 and during the first two months of 2011, 549 cases were already reported. These cases are due to diverse reasons like: abuse, sexual promiscuity, incest, parental overlook, and aggression.
  • In 2013, 84 girls were sexually abused, with 35 reported cases of teenage pregnancy – the majority between 12 and 15 years of age.
  • Every year, nearly 300 children are victims of sexual abuse of which 200 fall pregnant.
  • The teenage mothers are either living in shelters or with their parents where the abuse is ongoing.
  • Mauritius is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.
  • Statistics on cases of domestic violence show that from January to June 2016, a total number of 1,175 cases reported at the Family Support Bureaux of the Ministry are 123 males and 1,052 female victims.
  • At the level of the Police Family Protection Unit, a total of 3,776 cases have been reported from January to June 2016, among which 578 male and 3,178 female victims.
  • In a household study War @ home done in 2012 by Gender Links (GL), the results of the prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) is 15 times higher than reported at Family Support Bureau.
  • Rape is 11 times higher than reported to the police and sexual violence is 61 times higher than reported to the police.
Numéro d'accréditation auprès du National CSR CommitteeN/1215

- Training - Support/Counselling

From 2013 to 2015, 10 councils anchored an innovative pilot programme to provide entrepreneurship training to some 300 survivors of gender violence, as part of GL’s Empower women, End Violence campaign. A survey showed that the income of the women increased by 66% and that 86% reported experiencing less or much less violence.In its first fifteen years, GL has collected over 2000 “I” Stories and a similar number of SADC Protocol@Work case studies, as well as 700 inspirational Drivers of Change stories, documented on in multi-media formats on the GL website. GL’s robust Results for Change framework covers monitoring, evaluation, knowledge, learning, innovation and value for money.

Gender Links (GL) is committed to an inclusive, equal and just society in the public and private space in accordance with the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.

- I stories
- Trainings
- Action plans
- Score cards
- Personal Profile of all beneficiaries
- Action plans of all beneficiaries
- Personal development plan of all beneficiaries

  • Decentralised Corperation Programme,
  • LUX hotels and resorts,
  • Canada Funds for Local Initiatives,
  • EU
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  • Président
    Anushka Virahsawmy
  • Responsable
    Sheistah Bundhoo
  • Adresse

    Corperative Road, Melrose

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