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Website Officially Launched
Launching Ceremony

The Gender Seychelles website was launched by Mrs Marie-Pierre Lloyd, the Minister for Health and Social Development at a ceremony hosted at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles on Thursday 17th July 2008. The launching ceremony was attended by over 60 invitees, and was supported by a number of distinguished guests including the Minister for Employment and Human Resource Development, the Principal Secretary of Social Development and Health, the Principal Secretary of ICT, the Judge of the Supreme Court, the Commissioner of Police, the Ombudsman and Members of the National Assembly.

Miss Siu presents a copy of the National Strategy to Minister Lloyd

The website was launched together with the National Strategy on Domestic Violence and the official signing of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Say NO to Violence against Women campaign.

The UNIFEM campaign is a global Internet-based advocacy effort on ending violence against women, launched on the 26th November 2007 in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s multi-year Campaign To End Violence against Women. The Say No to Violence campaign invites participants across the world to add their name to the UNIFEM Internet book as an expression of public support and call for action.
By the next International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25th November 2008, UNIFEM aims to hand over one million signatures to the UN Secretary-General. To-date the on-line book has been signed by over 231,000 supporters, including world leaders, ministers and the Governments of Senegal, Tanzania and Spain.

Seychelles Government Signs the UNIFEM Say No to Violence Campaign

The Minister of Health and Social Development led those present at the launching ceremony by signing the on-line UNIFEM petition on behalf of Government. In her official address Minister Lloyd invited guests and the rest of the Seychellois society to join her in signing the on-line petition “to send a clear message that we, the people of Seychelles, condemn violence and are proud to stand and say NO to violence against women”.

Guests signing the UNIFEM Say No to Violence on-line book

Those adding their name to the Say No to Violence campaign book included Minister for Employment and Human Resource Development Mrs Mac-Suzy Mondon; Principal Secretary of Social Development and Health Mrs Anne Lafortune; Principal Secretary of ICT Mr Benjamin Choppy; Judge of the Supreme Court Mr Duraikannu Karunakaran; Commissioner of Police Mr Gerard Waye-Hive; Ombudsman Mr Gustave Dodin; Chairperson of the Women’s Commission Mrs Marie-Nella Azemia, and honourable Members of the National Assembly including Mrs Marie-Louise Potter (Leader of Government Business), Mrs Regina Alcindor, Mrs Mitcy Larue, Miss Vickey
Theresine, Miss Jennifer Vel, Miss Marie-Antoinette Rose, Mr Nicholas Prea, Mr Gervais Henri, Mr Sandy Arrisol and Mr Hardy Lucas.

Linking the launching of the National Strategy on Domestic Violence to the UNIFEM Say NO to Violence campaign, shows that here in Seychelles we are matching our actions to our pledge. This National Strategy is a testimony to our country’s commitment towards alleviating domestic violence. It is an action oriented documents that protects some of our basic Constitutional rights and freedoms, aiming to make a life free of violence and fear of violence a norm for every woman, man and child.

Make your opinion count, join those around the world saying no to violence against women by signing the on-line petition and help UNIFEM collect 1 million signatures before 25th November 2008.

Minster Lloyd Launching the Gender Seychelles website

Minster Lloyd signing the UNIFEM Say No to Violence on-line book on behalf of the Government of Seychelles

Commissioner of Police and other guests signing the on-line petition

Gender Secretariat, 17.07.08