Friday 3 July, 2020

Micoud to host International Women's Day activities

Olivia Amos, Gender Relations Officer at the Department of Gender Relations

Olivia Amos, Gender Relations Officer at the Department of Gender Relations

Gender-based violence continues to be a major issue affecting Saint Lucian women.

That's s according to Olivia Amos, Gender Relations Officer at the Department of Gender Relations.

Her comments come as the department prepares to celebrate International Women's Day in a big way.

In light of the global observance, according to Amos, greater action is needed in addressing the crisis of violence against women in Saint Lucia.

"We have a serious problem of gender-based violence where women are the main targets for that and we need to break barriers in that aspect in combatting that issue of violence against women in Saint Lucia," she said.

This year, the Department of Gender Relations is encouraging women to grow and thrive both in their personal and professional capacities.

There have been strides made in terms of gender equality especially in the workplace, women breaking the glass ceiling and the improvement as it relates to inclusion and diversity, however, women are still at a disadvantage in the workplace.

Activities for this year's observance, Amos says, will commence from March 7, 2020.

"We will be hosting a women's produce expo where Saint Lucian women will be exhibiting and marketing their local products like food, clothing, jewellery to the members of the public. This will be followed by a church service on Sunday, March 8, to be followed by a women's cricket match."

All the activities will take place in the community of Micoud.

"The decentralization is to give everyone an opportunity to be part of this initiative because in most cases when events are held in the north, the women and people from the rural areas most times are unable to attend and join in the celebrations," Amos declared.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (March 8) is, “I am generation equality: Realizing women's rights".

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