Fostering gender equality, women’s rights indispensable to Region’s sustainable development – Caribbean gender experts

The Hon. Samantha Marshall, Minister of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development, Youth and Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda
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(St Lucia News Online) 20 August, 2018 – The specific challenges facing Caribbean women were at the center of attention during the 57th meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held from 30-31 July, 2018 at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

Among the obstacles faced by Caribbean women, countries noted the serious constraints faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS), due to their middle-income country status, highly indebted situation, heavy dependence on tourism, and vulnerability to climate change and environmental hazards, that negatively impact policies and programmes aimed at advancing women’s autonomy.

In fact, despite efforts made by Caribbean countries, serious obstacles still remain in the subregion, including high rates of gender-based violence and the fact that gender occupational stereotypes and discriminatory practices in the labour market, often reinforced by the lack of recognition of the value of their domestic and care work, still characterize the labour market in the subregion.

These were some of the points raised by the Honorable Samantha Marshall, Minister of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development, Youth and Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, as she addressed a Caribbean panel at the 57th meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile on 31 July 2018.

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