“The New Local Government Act is indeed a milestone towards gender equality. I would like to thank (GL Francophone Director) Loga Virahsawmy and Gender Links for all their help over the last two years ensuring that the radical changes I proposed became reality. The new Local Government Act is another step in line with the Government’s philosophy of the role of women in modern Mauritius. I want to empower women through local government. Their presence is one of proximity, as all councillors must reside in their local council area. Many are becoming leaders of their communities. It is my intention that local government should become a stepping stone for women to emerge for participation at the national level, where less than 20% of the members of the National Assembly are female.” ‐ Hon. Herve Aimee, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands.