CARICOM Ministers of Gender Affairs for two-day meeting

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana – CARICOM Ministers with responsibility for Gender Affairs are meeting on Thursday through Friday (June 3-4) in the Fortieth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD XL- Gender).

Directors of Gender Affairs met on Monday 31 May to advance the issues of the two-day meeting that will review the status of implementation of gender equality commitments in the Region.

A Draft CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy, matters concerning the Triennial Award for Women and CARICOM’s involvement in activities pertaining to the Regional Spotlight Initiative, are among the topics on the agenda.

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The Ministers are to review the achievements and implementation deficits in the Regional Gender Agenda post Beijing+25, and look at the major issues emanating from the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW 65), which met in March at the United Nations Headquarters.

In addition, the Ministers will assess CARICOM’s progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5, looking at CARICOM Gender Equality Indicators; and Women’s Unpaid Care and Domestic Work.

Space has been reserved in the two-day meeting, for the Ministers to look at gender in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as women and girls feel the impact disproportionately, in relations to their male counterparts.

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