Message in Celebration of International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women's Day!!Happy International Women's Day!!

Dr. Agatha Carrington

Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development

As we join with the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we must acknowledge and celebrate the progress of women in Trinidad and Tobago over the years. Our country’s history now boasts of a female President and Prime Minister; more women and girls are pursuing and succeeding in fields of work that have been traditionally male dominated and many women are now breadwinners, while still nurturing their families. In 2019, women now have real choices and they are exploiting those opportunities.

Despite these successes, the daily story of millions of women and girls worldwide is not one of success, attainment and accomplishments. Instead, it is a frightening story of alarming discrimination, economic disparity and appalling violence. The unfortunate fact is that worldwide, some women are still not being paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in some professions and violence against women and girls is alarming. We must strike the balance to make things better for ALL our women and girls worldwide!

The 2019 campaign for International Women’s Day, “#BalanceforBetter”, is a call for everyone to play a part in building a gender-balanced world, which is essential for economies and communities to thrive; gender-balanced government, employees, media coverage etc. This message is more important than ever today and International Women's Day is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about gender balance wherever you are. Every man, woman and child, can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender balance more rapidly; help women and girls accomplish their aspirations, call for gender-balanced leadership and develop more inclusive cultures that root out things like workplace bias.

Equally important, the Division of Health and Wellness and Family Development reiterates its commitment to achieving Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for an end to all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls everywhere, including human trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Today on International Women's Day, I pledge that the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development will continue to work with its partners to seek gender-balance, fairness and equality for women throughout our communities while seeking to end the violence that undermines this work.  

Make every-day International Women’s Day and do your part in ensuring the future of our women and girls is safe and secure. Let us continue to pool all our efforts to develop a gender balanced society for the betterment of our women, girls and society.

 

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