Economic Empowerment
Tonni Brodber
Sustainable economic empowerment is in many ways the lynch pin in addressing all forms of sustainable development including ending violence against women. Tools that demonstrate why and how a gender responsive approach can make economic policy more effective serves the needs of women, men and children.
Beverly Castillo
In developing policies, structures, and codes we should be gender neutral to ensure debate does not shift towards male or female but creates a balance for mutual respect and opportunities for all persons.
Economic Empowerment
Ayanna Webster-Roy
Trinidad and Tobago
Governments should consider placing women in high profile cabinet positions including those responsible for the labour portfolio. In Trinidad and Tobago, for instance, our Minister of Labour is a woman with a background in union activism.
Climate Change
Gale Rigobert
St. Lucia
As a small island developing state we take very seriously our own commitment, our own responsibility to engage in more active public education so that our citizenry can better appreciate climate change, that it is not seen as something abstract, and that there is a greater understanding of our own involvement and participation in meeting our obligations and underscoring what is required of us in the various protocols.
Robyn Lynes
The Bahamas
Create legislation that encourages political parties to increase the number of women who are given an opportunity to run for office and promote education in civil society about the importance and benefits of women in leadership.
Monell Williams
CARICOM and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have model legislation that can assist with gender-sensitive drafting of bills.
Gender Based Violence
Kentry Jn Pierre
St Lucia
There are regional and international organizations available to offer support to parliamentarians who are concerned about gender-based political harassment.
Male Allies for Gender Equality
Peter Foster
St Lucia
Men in leadership positions of our parliaments must be allies in these noble and honorable endeavors and must be focused on promoting women’s equal voice and representation in parliament and the decision making that affects our citizens.
Theo Neilly
The CEDAW legislative indicators checklist is a useful tool to consider when drafting or amending legislation.