Message from the Director of PANCAP, Mr. Dereck Springer, on the occasion of
International Women’s Day 2018
Thursday 8 March
Theme: “Press for Progress”
The observance of International Women’s Day is more significant than ever in 2018. From well-organised marches to workshops and events in our region, women continue to make their fight for equality in health, economics, politics among others a very relevant part of our daily discussions. While progress has been made since the days of the suffragettes, there is still work to be done.
I endorse the 2018 theme “press for progress” as the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings revealed that gender parity is over 200 years away. This makes it even more critical for women and men to sincerely support advocating for equal pay and especially more access to health and sexual reproductive services. There has never been a more important time to keep motivated and find ways of removing barriers to fast-tracking equal access for women.
In 2014, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on Caribbean countries to guarantee all women access to essential health services and interventions. Have we heeded this call? Are we adequately vigilant that our women and girls are receiving equal access to health care services? These are questions that we should be constantly examining, not just on International Women’s Day, but at every opportunity possible in recognition that women and girls have invaluable contributions to make to our society.(more…)