KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Mauritius is keen to collaborate with Malaysia in providing entrepreneurial training to empower women, said its Deputy Prime Minister Fazila Jeewa Daureawoo.

She also proposed to set up an exchange programme involving the relevant quarters to equip women with the necessary skills.

“I think we can have areas of collaboration in entrepreneurship…we need to inspire young women and show them how women from different backgrounds can reach to the top,” she told reporters after a meeting with Wanita UMNO chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil here yesterday.

Fazila, who is also Local Government and Outer Islands Minister, is in town for the Women in Politics 2017 (WIPKL) international conference which starts tomorrow.

The event is organised in conjunction with the 2017 UMNO general assembly.

Mauritius had established the Gender Equality Ministry in 1980, and that the government strived to improve and empower women including getting them to be more involved in decision making ever since, she said.

Fazila also noted that Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim had been serving as the first woman president of the island nation since 2015.

On the Mauritian government’s initiatives for its women, Fazila said they had introduced the definition of domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual violence in its laws.

The government was in the process of setting up a centre to help the victims of domestic violence, she said.

Meanwhile, Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh in Palestine, Dr Laila Ghannam said that despite the Israeli occupation, Palestinian women had always persevered to overcome obstacles.

“We’re living under difficult circumstances, especially when having to move from one place to another as checkpoints and attacks are always there,” she said, adding that the people including the women in Palestine were now doing their best to get on with their lives.