Govt. committed to women’s development through SDGs – Min. Cummings

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 8, 2018

“Women have come a long way particularly as they fight for their human rights. Women have shown and continue to show the world that they are a necessary contributory force in the world.” Minister Cummings told the Department of Public Information (today) in a message to all Guyanese women in observance of International Women’s Day.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings.

Noting that the hashtag, ‘Press for Progress’ for the day’s observance is more relevant than ever; the minister urged the younger generation of women to “Make your mark and take your rightful place in society.”

Further Dr. Cummings said the focus of empowering of women and girls is embedded in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been agreed upon by United Nations to be achieved by 2030.

“The Sustainable Development Goals speaks to the internationally agreed-upon goals to be achieved by countries through the work of governments. SDG number five is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls… this APNU+AFC government is committed to the fulfillment of the SDG by 2030 especially gender equality in education and employment, women empowerment and women’s human rights,” the Minister remarked.

In Guyana, there are several social and other issues affecting the health and well-being of women. They are often exposed to abuse and subjected to economic disparities while some exist in culturally restrictive conditions.

Having observed this, Minister Cummings said that the government is committed to alleviating the social suffering of women. There are plans to improve the protection of women and reduce economic disparities by providing equal opportunities for training and development.

International Women’s Day 2018 is being observed under the theme “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives.”

 

By: Delicia Haynes

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