History of WIN
WIN was founded in May 2006 by 6 key organisations: Soroptimist International Ipsae –Rose Hill, Soroptimist International – Port Louis, Junior Chamber International Mauritius and Curepipe, the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise and the United Nations Development Programme of Mauritius.
These organisations signed an MOU for 3 years to form a network with the prime objective of empowering women in Mauritius, inspired by article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
The purpose of this network was to continue to develop and expand a framework of cooperation between the founding members in order to further its mission of empowering women through networking and capacity building programmes and projects. The network created a database of future women leaders, resource people (local and international, men and women) to achieve the objectives, and anyone interested in achieving the objectives of the network which are:
- To develop 30 women leaders pa who can influence decision making in all spheres, creating a pool of 300 talented and competent women leaders over a period of 10 years.
- trengthen and expand the network in quantity and quality and develop networks with other support groups.
- Spearhead the transformation of politics in Mauritius to lead to doubling the number of women in Parliament and Local Government
- Promote equality for men and women in all spheres of life in Mauritius.
Media Watch-GEMSA joined the WIN network in 2007 and in 2009 a 2nd MOU was signed by all the partner organisations for a further 3 years.
At the expiry of the 2nd MOU in July 2012, it was decided to register WIN as a not for profit company limited by guarantee and this was achieved in September 2012.
WIN Ltd was born and held its first Board Meeting on 25 September 2012 at Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene.