A Gender Equalities Indicator Model for Dominica is currently under development.
This workshop began on Tuesday July 21st and is a result of a partnership between UN Women and the CARICOM Secretariat.
Chief Statistician, Prayma Carrette explained, “The objective is to examine the situational analysis of men, women, boys and girls in Dominica. We have been providing statistical information… pertinent to the improved well-being of men and women, boys and girls. We’re hoping that by the end of the exercise, we can provide a report depicting the situation of gender equality in Dominica.”
According to UN representative Isiuwen Iyahen, this workshop aims to determine equality among men, women and children through statistical indicators.
“These statistics or indicators help Dominica and the other CARICOM countries measure their progress. The goal is an equitable and just society,” Iyahen says.
Iyahen, who is Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment, revealed that when the Millennium Development Goals come to an end in September, the Sustainable Development Goals will come into play.
She says Dominica’s participation in this study is essential since the Post-2015 Development Agenda will include gender equality.
She also says partnership among Government agencies is necessary for the sustainability and success of the project.
“The Bureau is responsible for ensuring that Dominica is able to monitor and track its progress on gender equality but it cannot do it alone. The Bureau has to partner with the statistics office and other ministries...The Ministry of Labour has to be involved, the Finance Ministry, the Ministry of Health, Education and other ministries because gender equality is not just an issue for the Bureau or the Ministry it is for the entire society.”