The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, Ms. Marjaana Sall said:
- "The European Union attaches great importance to the fight against domestic violence.Gender equality is a core component of our foreign policy. This is why the European Union is funding activities to protect vulnerable women, including women who have suffered gender based violence and women using drugs. Today, I am proud that through the EU funding the first ever centre for women victims of violence was inaugurated.”
The shelter for women is part of a project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS) to improve the quality of life of vulnerable women. The shelter will provide women who have suffered gender based violence and women using drugs with a safe place and support them in their social integration.
The project contributes to the implementation of the Seychelles National Action Plan on Human Rights (2015-2020), and to the achievement of the objectives of the Gender Analysis undertaken with EU support. It is also in line with the EU-Seychelles Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategy. The project will also strengthen administrative and legislative framework for the protection and integration of vulnerable women, including the finalisation of the Domestic Violence Bill and its adoption by the National Assembly, as well as improve awareness on the rights of women. Thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding, CEPS works with the Drug Enforcement Agency to broaden its prevention campaigns.