President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Patricia Ghany, says the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a huge threat to women’s participation in the workforce.
The AMCHAM T&T senior official says “Experts are calling it the “she-cession” era where the fear is that more women would remain unemployed once the pandemic is over.”
The AMCHAM Head warns companies hoping to progress beyond the pandemic must stop the “she-cession” by finding ways to ensure that more women return to the workforce post-pandemic.
However, Ms Ghany says companies must go a step further and begin the process of hiring more women and providing more leadership opportunities for them to succeed professionally once the pandemic is over.
Ms Ghany says COVID-19 is showing that the world needs more women leaders.
The AMCHAM T&T President believes mentorship programs can assist in this regard because they dismantle the roadblocks women face when they ask for more or try to ascend the corporate ladder.
Country Manager to Trinidad and Tobago at the Inter-American Development Bank, Carina Cockburn, says the pandemic has severely
impacted women, especially across six Caribbean countries according to a recent IDB study.
In addition, “there has been an unfortunate increase in the incidence of reported domestic violence.
In Trinidad and Tobago, that increase is estimated at 13.6%.