CariWaC ADVANCES – First Ladies/Spouses Network formally launched

H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow addresses the opening of the launch

First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched  its network,” Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)” to tackle issues related to the health and well being  of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance the Every Caribbean Women Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative, now re-titled Caribbean Woman Caribbean Child (CariWaC)”

H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize, was elected as the first Chair of the Network, while H.E. Ms. Sandra Granger, First Lady of Guyana, was elected its Vice Chair. Other members of the executive body are: Her Excellencies, Ms. Reema Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago); Ms. Martine Moise (Haiti); and the Most Honorable, Juliet Holness (Jamaica).  Also at the Launch were: Her Excellences, Ms. Maria Browne (Antigua & Barbuda) and Sybilene Patricia Minnis (The Bahamas).

Members of the Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) at the launch

SCLAN will champion the CariWaC Initiative which has identified four major pillars for action:  reducing gender-based violence, reducing adolescent pregnancy, eliminating cervical cancer, eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. While focusing on these four areas, SCLAN will allow the flexibility for First Ladies and Spouses to focus on other areas of national concern and priorities. (more…)