12 Feb
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IWD 2016 Release – Pledge for Parity

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, this year’s theme #PledgeForParity”.

Have you made a pledge?

Please take a moment to understand what this means for you and your country.

Acknowledging our progress

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. While we have much to celebrate, we remain mindful that progress towards gender parity, especially in Trinidad and Tobago has been painfully slow:

 

A National Gender Policy; this has been pending for over three decades.

The discrimination and violence against our women persists.

 

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Global Performance 2015. Source: Global Gender Gap Index 2015

The Global Gender Gap

We’re not alone. The Global Gender Gap Index 2015 ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. With a decade of data, this edition of the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – shows that while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Just one year later – in their 2015 report – they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

A Framework Exists

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SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

How do we achieve gender parity, and address the discrimination and violence against women?

In 2015 the United Nations celebrated its seventieth anniversary. In September 2015, Heads of State, Government, and High Representatives agreed upon a new set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); an agenda for transforming our world by 2030. Of the seventeen SDGs outlined, one goal – SDG 5 – is focused on achieving gender parity by 2030; six targets have been identified for achievement.

Trinidad and Tobago:

Are we as a nation evaluating our progress against these targets?

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

One goal, six targets!

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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Have we got a framework for success; how do we make implementation a National Priority?

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

Trinidad and Tobago:

What’s our national agenda to end discrimination and violence against women?

As a nation we have accepted the CEDAW. Trinidad and Tobago was confirmed as a State Party to the Convention in 1990.

Please review the CEDAW.

By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms, including:

 

to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;

to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and

to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

 

Accountability is critical

The new SDGs comprise our post 2015-Development Agenda; goals and targets agreed. According to the UN Secretary General, the review process is to function in close relationship with national and regional review processes and to be built on “national ownership, broad participation and full transparency.”

In the interim, the CEDAW ensures we are held accountable for SDG 5.

Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, acceded to the CEDAW in 1990. We are due to submit our fourth report by June 2016.

We have consistently fallen behind in compliance and reporting.

Discrimination and violence against women has a ripple and destabilizing effect on a country’s social and economic landscape. With lives being affected and lost on a daily basis, this must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

We are morally and legally bound.

PLOTT’s Pledge For Parity

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We Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), acknowledge our role in achieving gender parity. In this regard, we continue to do our part.

PLOTT is a non-governmental organisation providing networking and support to female leaders of T&T (locally and within the T&T diaspora). In so doing, we contribute to a variety of social development initiatives. We are establishing a global support network and actively creating an environment of social responsibility.

We’re counting on your support during this our fifth anniversary year 2016. Last Friday March 4th, in preparation for IWD2016 we engaged representatives from the Network of NGOs, United Nations, Gender Affairs, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), and interested PLOTTers, Friends and Partners in a discussion entitled “The Violence Persists…Why?”

This discussion – one of several – culminated with submissions from the attendees on:

 

the contributors to the persisting violence across T&T

proposals to address the issues; immediate next steps, practical solutions and strategic measures

objectives and themes for PLOTT’s annual discussion series and activities

 

This process continues. Our most urgent priority – stopping the violence.

In 2016, we will continue to do our part to ensure:

 

implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as it relates to violence against women and girls.

adequate resourcing for efforts to end violence against women and girls.

 

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Be a part of the solution

 

Join our networking events and discussions – first Friday monthly – new venue Angostura Oval Suite.

Volunteer on a committee – visit our administrative offices on Mondays between 12pm-1pm for committee meetings and updates.

Look out for and share our monthly updates on Orange Day – 25th monthly.

Share your concerns, thoughts, ideas and activities on our facebook page

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