CARICOM takes a stand for women’s rights

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, says the Secretariat will soon publish the findings of the report Youth, Masculinities and Violence in the Caribbean.

 

 

LaRocque made the announcement during his recent message to mark International Women’s Day. The theme was Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.

 

 

The report was prepared by CARICOM Advocate for Gender Justice, Dr. Rosina Wiltshire, who coordinated research in several member-states to gather the data.

 

 

LaRocque said gender-based violence continues to threaten the development of rural women in the Caribbean. “There is a pressing need to engage young women and men, girls and boys in advancing gender equality and eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls.”

 

 

He said that rural women constitute a quarter of the world’s population, and that if they were granted equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields would increase, which would reduce the number of chronically hungry people by up to 150-million.

 

 

LaRocque said rural women account for a great portion of the agricultural labour force, and produce the majority of the food grown.

 

 

CARICOM recently launched its public campaign with products made during a workshop in Suriname last year. The campaign will feature 15 artists from Belize, Guyana and Suriname blending their voices to unite in the global campaign led by the United Nations to end violence against women.

 

 

“They produced public service announcements, jingles, a calypso and a documentary on sexual, psychological and physical violence and we are pleased to share these with member-states of the community,” he said.

 

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