Saint Lucia Hosting Regional Dialogue On Equality

Press Release:- Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert today – Thursday April 11, 2019 – delivered opening remarks at a High-Level Regional Dialogue, convened by Equality and Justice Alliance (EJA) in Saint Lucia.

The High-level Dialogue, which runs from April 11 to 12, is being hosted by the Executive Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society Dr Greg Munro, in closed session. The Equality & Justice Alliance (EJA) comprises four international NGOs.

 In April 2018, the EJA launched a technical assistance programme that seeks to assist Commonwealth governments in achieving equality, by providing support and resources to them in their process of reforming discriminatory laws in their countries.  

Minister Rigobert’s remarks discussed the legal and policy reform priorities of the Department of Gender Relations.  Dr. Rigobert also announced her Ministry’s intention to embark on a Technical Assistance Programme with the EJA to be delivered from April 2019 to 2020.

Whilst on island, Sisters for Change officials will meet with officials from the Departments of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations; the Department of Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment and other government officials to finalize the scope, timelines and budget of the Technical Assistance Programme.

According to the Executive Director for Sisters for Change Allison Gordon (one of the NGO’s that make up the Alliance),  “The regional dialogue “will bring together 20 – 25 senior officials, policy makers, lawmakers and champions in legislative reform from across the Caribbean to share experiences of reforming discriminatory laws and policies to advance equality and challenge structural and systemic discrimination. It will also provide a platform to introduce the EJA programme in more detail to delegates and discuss opportunities for engagement with the wider EJA Initiative.”

Saint Lucia’s Technical Assistance Programme focuses on the amendment and introduction of Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment legislation.

 It seeks to further identify discriminatory laws that are not compliant with international conventions ratified by Saint Lucia, and develop a plan of action to remove, update and amend them, in keeping with recommendations on the last report submitted to the Committee for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  

The programme also seeks to assist Saint Lucia in reaching its goal of submitting its seventh to ninth combined CEDAW report by the end of this year.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is good news,lets start fixing what nobody wants to fix,because they are scared of being questioned by a certain section of society and the church.And this is because they dont know what to say,their brains have been locked up by our represive society

  2. Proud of you my dear Country (Saint Lucia). Time to end discrimination and the attitudes that keeps our people from reaching their full potential. A people in conversation with itself is heading in the right direction. End domestic violence against women, children and men. Increase the penalties for those who continue the pattern of abuse. Make homophobia an offence in Law that sees LGBTQ+ as less than human in societies they call home. Abolish the Buggery Laws. Yes to freedom of Religion, freedom of expression, freedom to be who you want to be, freedom, freedom, freedom…..Show me a Country with no Law and I will show you a Country in Chaos….Show me a Country with no Freedoms and I will show you a Country which Oppresses. Separate Church and State which are both human constructs, therefore, we as a Society dictate how Church and State are administered for the benefit and happiness of ALL who live in such society.
    BIGOTRY FOR NON, RESPECT AND EQUALITY FOR ALL.

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