Gender Equality In The Region
Gender Equality in the Caribbean especially in the Labour Force is still seen as an issue that needs to be addressed by Governments across the region.
In helping governments through their individual ministries of labour to understand the gravity of the issue and to put in place effective gender policies , strategies and programs,- the Organization of American States with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has mounted a three day regional workshop targeting officials responsible for gender issues in the various countries.
The workshop which is currently underway in Guyana also aims to build awareness and skills among the regional officials for gender mainstreaming and the advancement of Women across the region.
Speaking with this newscast, Maria Claudia Comacho, Specialist within the Department of Social Development and Employment (OAS), noted that the need for such a workshop was put to the fore by the ministers of Labour in the region.
In realizing this, Camacho pointed out that one of the main objectives of the workshop is to prepare indicators which can be used by the ministries to monitor progress on gender mainstreaming.
Locally, there have been several interventions made to promote gender equality on the Job Market and the society at large.
According to research done at the level of the ministry of Labour 61% of the women in the population are employed and hold senior positions and are entitled to the same benefits as men.