The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community has paid tribute to women on the frontline of the COVID-19 response.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque did so in a message to mark International Women’s Day.
Countries around the world will officially observe the day on Monday.
“Today we celebrate the many women on the frontline of the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts,” LaRocque stated.
He noted their role as health care workers, caregivers, essential workers, innovators and community organizers.
He also said women are ‘some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders’ in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The crisis has highlighted the tremendous value of their contribution for which we owe them a debt of gratitude,” he observed.
LaRocque said the future is more promising when there’s equal representation of women alongside men in leadership roles.
However, he explained that women are still underrepresented in public life when it comes to decision-making.
In making the disclosure, LaRocque made reference to the UN Secretary General’s 2020 report.
“Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9% of national parliamentarians are women,” he said.
As a result, LaRocque said there is much more work to be done to ensure women’s equal participation in decision-making in government and in the private sector.