Gender equality at top of government agenda

Gender equality at top of government agenda

The minister for Gender Relations said government is committed to closing gender parity gaps.

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2017, the minister with responsibility for Gender Relations addressed the nation, calling for a need to show solidarity with all women.

Within the address, Hon. Dr Gale Rigobert referenced UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

“According to UN Women, in 2015 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, placing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achievement of the goals, including ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, reducing inequalities within and between countries, and achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work,” she said.

“The Government of Saint Lucia remains committed to closing gender parity gaps and will keep women’s and gender issues on the top of our development agenda. We must be “Bold for Change” and quantify the tremendous contribution of women’s unpaid work to the economy, and implement policies and legislation that challenge stereotypes and discrimination.

“We must also educate our boys and men to share the burden of care that is usually seen as the responsibility of women.”

The minister added that the internationally-recognized day signified a time for a show of unity amongst all citizenry. She said the annual observance provides an opportunity to not only acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women past and present, but also to recommit to the principles of social justice and equality for all.

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