Today the world celebrates International Women’s day.
This year, the International Women’s Day 2022 campaign #BreakTheBias is asking all of us to call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping. The goal is to help break down the biases that make it difficult for women to move ahead.
In her message Secretary General CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque says women and girls everywhere are being velebrated today; Their contributions to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, their ideas, innovations and activism that are changing the world for the better, and their leadership across all walks of life.
However she says that in too many areas, the clock on women’s rights is moving backwards.
She notes the pandemic has kept girls and women out of schools and workplaces.
They face rising poverty and rising violence.
They do the vast majority of the world’s unpaid but essential care work.
They’re targets of violence and abuse, just because of their gender.
La Roque says starting now, on International Women’s Day, it’s time to turn the clock forward for every woman and girl.