Dominica: Canada High Commission supports Bring Back Equal initiative

The High Commission of Canada to Barbados and the OECS have supported the Bring back Equal initiative. The High Commission of Canada to Barbados and the OECS shared that Canada is delighted to help Dominica. The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, attended the launch event for the initiative on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

The High Commissioner of Canada to the OECS also attended the stakeholders meeting for bring back equal initiative. At this meeting, the Prime Minister committed to work towards gender equality and social inclusion. The Canadian High Commission shared the glimpses from the stakeholders meeting on their social media.

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According to the update shared by the Canadian HC, United Nations Women Caribbean and the UNFPA Caribbean implemented and executed the initiative. Accordingly, Build back equal uses thorough human rights-based approach. The approach aims to increase ability of the women and girls to take part in the formal economy. The initiative seeks to increase the participation of woman in several prominent walks of life. These include education, health and public life.

The initiative will function across four Eastern Caribbean nations: Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and also the St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The High Commission of Canada in the Barbados and the OECS shared in the social media post, “Through Build Back Equal, the stakeholders have an opportunity to do more than build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent climate-related shocks. Meanwhile, It gives the people involved in the initiatives the opportunity to Build Back Equal for women and girls. The Build back equal also includes other vulnerable and marginalized groups.”

Futher, the reports suggest that the project will also support the Government and the private sector undertakings in four Eastern Caribbean nations in strengthening their capacities and accessing finance to sustainably alleviate the women’s unpaid care work burden through subsidized quality childcare.

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