CARICOM Leaders’ Spouses Network Expands Links During UN Week
(SCLAN Press Release) The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) participated in a number of events that were held in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The organisation took the opportunity to establish contact with, and strengthen links with other organisations.
SCLAN was represented by the Her Excellency Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister and Special Envoy on Women and Children of Belize and Chair of SCLAN; Her Excellency Sandra Granger, Spouse of the President of Guyana and Vice-Chair; Executive Committee Members Hon. Dr. Patricia Minnis, Spouse of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Her Excellency Martine Moise, Spouse of the President of Haiti; and Hon. Eloise Gonsalves, Spouse of the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
SCLAN hosted a Side Event in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) at UN Headquarters on 24 September.
Ms. Barrow and Ms. Granger were also invited to speak in the Strategic Dialogue on Promoting the Health of Women and Girls through Collective Efforts at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in Partnership with the Bush Institute and at the PEPFAR 15th Anniversary Reception.
SCLAN also made presentations to the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) urging support for a MTV “Shuga” series for the Caribbean. The success of the series in Africa is borne out by its wide audience, an increase in the number of persons who have been tested and treated for AIDS, a reduction in sexually transmitted diseases, more careful choice of partners by women and the public discussion of taboo subjects.
The organisation was invited to, and participated in events hosted by the Organisation of African First Ladies against AIDS (OAFLA): a High Level Breakfast on the Free to Shine Campaign – Global Partnership towards Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Africa and a High Level Panel Discussion on Breast and Cervical Cancer in Africa.
The CARICOM First Ladies also participated in the Launch of the Youth 2030 Strategy and Generation Unlimited Partnership, the UNICEF Women Leaders for Girls Reception, the World Council of Churches/PEPFAR/UNAIDS Breakfast on Fostering Partnerships to end AIDS and TB in Children and Adolescents.
Informal discussions were held with representatives of the Bush Institute, Elizabeth Glasier Paediatric AIDS Foundation and Girls not Brides.
Ms. Barrow stated that her organisation’s participation in the UN Side Events had been productive, with renewed acquaintance and established contact with a number of persons who share their goals and objectives and are interested in collaborating with the Caribbean Spouses Network.