There is one natural hazard that the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is monitoring right now and that’s the effusive eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
CDEMA Acting Executive Director Elizabeth Riley says CDEMA in addition to keeping an eye on the volcano is also monitoring the potential for cases of women’s disproportionate burden of care and domestic work resulting from the ongoing eruption.
Riley states: “As such, it should come as no surprise when I say that women’s disproportionate burden of care work that obtains in times of normalcy, increases after disasters.”
She adds COVID-19 has confirmed multiple challenges facing women, men and their families as they try to balance working from home with homeschooling and household work.
The CDEMA acting Executive Director notes the lack of data on unpaid care work in the Caribbean is a challenge and highlights the need for standardised methods to gather comparable data.
Riley delivered welcome remarks at the UN Women Measuring SDG 5.4.1 (Unpaid Care and Domestic Work) in the Caribbean Workshop which was held February 3rd and 4th, 2021.