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  • Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says the Government has intensified its push towards achieving gender equality as a major plank of the development process.
  • The Minister was speaking at today’s (April 13) opening of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) five-day Women in Maritime Affairs (WiMA) conference, being held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay.
  • The Information Minister said the “Bejing Declaration,” which was created in 1995 by member states of the United Nations, (UN) remains relevant today was it was then, and expressed the hope that discussions at the conference will help to further empower women, especially those in the maritime sector.

Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says the Government has intensified its push towards achieving gender equality as a major plank of the development process.

“The achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment are accepted development goals in Jamaica’s quest to become a developed country by 2030. As such, the gender perspective is an important component of our Vision 2030: Jamaica’s National Development Plan,” she said.

The Minister was speaking at today’s (April 13) opening of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) five-day Women in Maritime Affairs (WiMA) conference, being held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay.

She welcomed the staging of the conference, which is aimed at among other things, establishing a WiMA in the Caribbean.

Senator Falconer said that over the last decade, there have been major improvements in the Caribbean in the development and adoption of policies to promote gender equality and parity.

She cited Jamaica, Belize, Dominica and Suriname as countries that have already implemented national gender policies, with other nations on the verge of joining that group.

“These policies ensure that the perceptions, experience, knowledge and interests of women and men are considered in policy formation, planning and decision making,” she pointed out.

She said as a signatory to several agreements on the empowerment of women, and the protection of their human rights, Jamaica has, for several decades, been committed to the full and equal participation of women in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life.

In this regard, she is urging regional Governments to continue the push for the eradication of discrimination on the basis of gender and for increased recognition of the role that women play in all aspects of development.

Minister Falconer said “the eradication of all forms of discriminations on the basis of gender must remain priority objectives for regional Governments and of course the international community. Empowering women ensured the development of a sustainable and equitable society. No society can reach this goal without taking the productive role of women and their economic and educational empowerment into account,” she contended.

The Information Minister said the “Bejing Declaration,” which was created in 1995 by member states of the United Nations, (UN) remains relevant today was it was then, and expressed the hope that discussions at the conference will help to further empower women, especially those in the maritime sector.

“It is a blue print for action by signatories in 12 critical areas. These include women and poverty, the education and training of women, women and the economy, women in power and decision making and the institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women. All of these remain relevant today, and I have no doubt that the issues you will discuss during this conference will lead to further empowering women in the maritime sector,” she said.

The conference, which is being attended by representatives of 15 Caribbean states, is being held under the theme: ‘Maritime Women of the Caribbean…Achieving Regionally…Advancing Globally’.