CARICOM making steady progress in empowering women – Guyana Minister tells UN Forum

Guyana's delegation – (From right) Minister Amna Ally, Karen Vansluytman, Assistant Chief Labour Officer (ACLO) and ministerial adviser Alicia Reece. (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)
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MINISTER of Social Protection, Amna Ally told a United Nations forum on Monday that despite the challenges affecting the region, CARICOM continues to progress in achieving regional and international goals for the empowerment and advancement of women and girls.

Ally made the remarks while representing CARICOM at the United Nations, 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She said the provision of education continues to be a strong focus in all of the CARICOM countries. The commission is being held under the theme: “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.

Ally indicated that women in rural areas are exposed to a plethora of issues that causes vulnerability, referencing: the informal economy, cultural norms, work with little or no benefits, migration and Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Guyana, including many Caribbean territories, has led the way in enacting specific legislation against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). However, the minister said according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, trafficking of women in the Caribbean has increased, and is associated with illegal migration.

Read more at: Guyana Chronicle

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