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Share LocalNews Dominica supports calls for “Advances on Gender Equality in Decent Work” by: – November 8, 2011 Sharing is caring! 53 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Honourable Gloria ShillingfordDominica’s Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford have supported calls by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), to make provisions for housewives to receive some form of remuneration, as part of their mission to achieve women’s full citizenship and the elimination of discrimination and gender inequality through incidence in public policy.Honorable Shillingford was one of several ministers in the grouping who participated in the Second Regular Session of CIM’s Executive Committee for 2011-2012 in El Salvador on October 31st, 2011. The CIM Executive Committee is a smaller body made up of eight OAS member states, which are elected during the CIM Assembly of Delegates for a two-year period. The Committee meets more regularly in order to address issues of immediate concern and review the progress made by the Permanent Secretariat, the Secretary-General and the General Assembly in fulfillment of the Commission’s mandates. Honorable Shillingford said that one of the key highlights of the meeting was the presentation of a study entitled “Advances on Gender Equality in Decent Work”, which was presented by CIM/OAS Consultant, Lylian Mires. “But of particular interest is the discussion we had of advancing gender equality through decent work. As you know a lot of our women they work as housewives; they look after the children, and that is work too but at most times it is unpaid work and what we are advocating is that sometime in the future the women who remain at home and care for the children and do all the house work, they should receive some form of remuneration for the work that they do. You know without them the world would not be able to turn.”One of the main goals of CIM has always been to promote women and girls’ access to education and training programmes, with particular attention to women in marginalized groups. This supports their vision to links women’s human rights with effective public policy in order to support women’s full political, economic and social citizenship and democratic governance through strategic inter-sectoral dialogue. The minister said that discussions on a presentation of the study on “Social protection floor, gender equality and welfare”, which was delivered by a representative of ILO- UNDP-UN Women, Carmen de la Cruz, responsible for the Gender Practice Area of UNDP Regional Center for America Latina and the Caribbean, spoke to issues of gender equality in the workforce.She said that Dominica is quite advance in addressing this particular issue, having undertaken several programmes in the past to support this call.“In Dominica itself we cannot say that women are not being looked after. Women for example, they turn the wheels of the country and where it is concerned in Dominica for example there is no policy which says that a woman should get a different pay from a man. I think once you can work and you are qualified, our policy would make provisions for everybody to get the same kind of pay. For example the Bureau of Gender Affairs which used to be the Women’s Bureau had launched a revolving loan fund for women as part of a project which was funded by the OAS and the OAS was also part of that meeting. Because CIM is the arm of the UN, also an arm of the OAS, they are the persons who actually advocate on behalf of women and the Bureau was able to conduct training for women with non-traditional skills, because you know before the skills like tiling, small electronic repairs, electric wiring, plumbing and even carpentry was in a man’s world, women have broken the glass ceiling and a number of them have been trained in such skill and even some as garment making, hospitality, craft, agriculture, all with the aim of empowering women to become employed and self-sufficient .”Other areas of discussion included the reesults of the OAS Special Assembly on the adoption of the 2012 Budget, the draft budget for the CIM 2013-2014, fundraising strategies for the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2016 of the CIM and an update on the process of modifying the Statute of the CIM. Established in 1928, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) was the first inter-governmental agency established to ensure recognition of human rights of women. CIM is made up of 33 Principal Delegates, one for each member state, and has become the principal forum for debating and formulating policy on women’s rights in the Americas and gender equality.CIM Delegates are designated by their respective governments and these representatives meet every two years during the Assembly of Delegates. The Assembly is CIM’s highest authority and is responsible for establishing policies and approving the Commission’s plans and programs of work. The Assembly is also responsible for electing a nine-member Executive Committee, which meets once or twice a year in order to address and resolve more routine matters.Dominica Vibes News
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