Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has said the world has a lot to learn from women “trailblazers”, who are at the forefront of international efforts to combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
The world will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow under the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.”
In a message, LaRocque said: “A year later, it is evident that women are disproportionately affected by a rising incidence of domestic abuse, unemployment and the burden of care for children affected by protracted school closures. Investments in the provision of quality, affordable child care services is crucial to enabling women who dropped out of the workforce at the height of the pandemic, to regain employment. Research by the International Labour Organization shows that failure to do so will further push 47 million women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean below the poverty line.”
LaRocque urged policymakers to enact steps to ensure women have equal representation at decision making tables.
“The future is more promising when women are equally represented alongside men in leadership roles,” LaRocque stated.