Saint Lu­cia Sup­ports ECLAC Agenda for Equal­ity for Women

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Hon. Dr. Gale Rigob­ert has thrown the sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia be­hind calls for more to be done to en­sure the eco­nomic and so­cial au­ton­omy of Caribbean women.

On Tues­day 26th July, 2016 Dr. Rigob­ert par­tic­i­pated in a high level panel on “Au­ton­omy and Gen­der Equal­ity: The Caribbean To­wards 2030” held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The prepara­tory meet­ing of the Thir­teenth Re­gional Con­fer­ence on Women in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean with Caribbean coun­tries, was hosted by Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

“Too of­ten gen­der re­la­tions are thrust into the spot­light only when we have to deal with grue­some news. If we have been think­ing about these prob­lems for over forty years, then how do we ac­count for the progress gap? We must fully ap­pre­ci­ate that while we have made sig­nif­i­cant strides, the global con­struct has not led us to a new way of think­ing” un­der­scored Dr. Rigob­ert.

“Much of what we have been ad­vo­cat­ing for and fight­ing against is some­times in­con­gru­ent with and chal­lenges deeply en­trenched cul­tural, eth­nic, and re­li­gious tra­di­tions, his­tor­i­cal prac­tices and ways of think­ing,” the Gen­der Re­la­tions Min­is­ter em­pa­sised to the high-level gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and se­nior in­ter­na­tional gen­der ex­perts in at­ten­dance at the ECLAC meet­ing.

She said it posed a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge with re­spect to achiev­ing women’s au­ton­omy, also cit­ing the ne­ces­sity for a mul­ti­fac­eted method­ol­ogy in­volv­ing stake­hold­ers (in­clud­ing men) in achiev­ing gen­der equal­ity and au­ton­omy. Dr. Rigob­ert lamented that women seem to be car­ry­ing a dis­pro­por­tion­ate bur­den of care which, she said, was sel­dom ac­knowl­edged, nor re­warded.

“Hence, be­cause much of what women do as “work” takes place in the in­for­mal sec­tor (which is of­ten not re­mu­ner­ated nor ac­counted for in the na­tional sta­tis­tics) the eco­nomic au­ton­omy of women is much harder to achieve,” the Min­is­ter said.

The con­fer­ence also ad­dressed other is­sues in­clud­ing the im­pov­er­ish­ment of el­derly women, the chal­lenges of age­ing, teenage preg­nancy, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, crimes of a sex­ual na­ture, un­avail­abil­ity of fi­nanc­ing for women en­trepreneurs, the need to in­vest in girls and the need to make fi­nan­cial re­sources avail­able to com­bat the ills that con­front women.

Dr. Rigob­ert in­di­cated that while there has been fruit­ful di­a­logue over the past four decades there was still a sig­nif­i­cant lag in es­tab­lish­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate and fa­cil­i­tat­ing reg­u­la­tory and le­gal frame­work to help cure some of the prob­lems that were high­lighted at Tues­day’s con­fer­ence. She ap­pealed to pol­icy mak­ers to make a greater ef­fort to im­ple­ment the many poli­cies and laws that are “stuck in the pipe­lines” for one rea­son or an­other.

The Gen­der Re­la­tions Min­is­ter as­serted that such con­fer­ences help to in­form the de­vel­op­men­tal and sys­tem­atic ap­proach she en­vi­sions for gen­der equal­ity and au­ton­omy in Saint Lu­cia and the over­ar­ch­ing man­date of the Gen­der Re­la­tions Unit.

Dr. Gale Rigob­ert ad­vo­cat­ing more help, sup­port and ad­vance­ment for women.

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