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CARICOM Secretary-General urges continued vigilance in support of women's equality

CARICOM Secretary General Dr Carla Barnett has urged the Caribbean not to lose sight of the many issues that stand in the way of achieving women's equality, including their political participation, unpaid care and domestic work, impact of climate change, and gender-based violence which is a public health crisis in the region.
 
In a message celebrating International Women's Day, Dr Barnett, the first woman to head the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat, said the global average shows one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in her lifetime, usually from an intimate partner.
 
International Women's Day is this year being observed under the theme ""DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality"  that is aligned with the priority theme for the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women underway at the United Nations.
 
Dr. Barnett says the day will be used to acknowledge women's contributions to technology, and explore the impact of the digital gender divide on widening economic and social inequalities exacerbated during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
                                  
 
 


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