This release was sent to most media yesterday, but due to a problem with the email address used, we only received it today.
The National Organization of Working Women (NLWO) salutes all women as the international community marks International Women’s Day. This year’s commemoration is held under the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”, a theme that highlights the importance of empowering women and girls in building strong and resilient communities. This theme resonates with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which reads in part as follows: promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Therefore, it is incumbent on all countries to define policies and programs to achieve this goal by 2030.
The New UN Agenda recognizes that: Achieving full human potential and sustainable development is not possible if half of humanity continues to be denied all of their human rights and opportunities and that women and girls should have equal access to quality education, economic resources and political participation, as well as equal opportunities with men and boys for employment, leadership and decision-making at all levels.
In recent years, Dominica has made significant progress in empowering women and girls, providing opportunities for quality higher education, training and access to finance for small businesses, and advancement to higher education levels. management and policy formulation. In both the public and private sectors, many more women are in CEO and other leadership positions – 80% of our permanent secretaries are women and the country has 35% female parliamentarians and 38% elected female parliamentary representatives. However, much remains to be done to achieve gender parity and sustainable development.
The National Organization of Working Women recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the development of Dominica. Housewives who, as single mothers and breadwinners, keep the family together; women in agriculture who put food on the tables; women who run small and micro-enterprises and who are involved in handicrafts and handicrafts; women who run businesses and banks; women on the front lines of disease treatment, prevention and containment; the women who shape young minds and train future leaders; women in government and parliament, who work tirelessly to lead this country to prosperity.
The NLWO salutes all women of all beliefs. Let’s unite and empower each other!