Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar is celebrating fathers and all those performing the role of fathers across the country.
In a social media post, she said “Father’s Day is more than just spending the day with our fathers, it is about honouring and valuing the important role fatherhood plays in our society.”
“Too many families in our nation lack the benefit of having strong positive male role models present in the household. This, in turn, has negative consequences on society with young men growing up with a lack of knowledge about the vital roles and responsibilities men and fathers have,” she said.
“Indeed many of our country’s social ills, especially youth crime and violence, would be greatly reduced if we collectively focused on fostering a culture that promotes and cherishes the responsibilities of fatherhood.”
Persad-Bissessar said “Throughout my political career, I have always advocated for policies that promote gender equality and equal opportunities for both men and women. We need to place the status of Fatherhood on par with that of Motherhood. If we fail to do so, we would be failing generations of young men and women.
Therefore today let us not just celebrate our own fathers, but celebrate the value of Fatherhood. ”