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Published on July 18th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Caribbean women create proposals for historic gender equity initiatives in their region

At the Caribbean Regional Colloquium on Women Leaders as Agents of Change, community leaders from several Caribbean nations put together recommendations for creating gender equity for women in their region. Their recommendations include “adequate maternity and paternity leave for parliamentarians and increases in women’s representation in cabinets, parliaments and local governments to a minimum of 30 per cent” and will be presented to a group of women leaders on the eve of the UN General Assembly in New York, as well as at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia.

If you’re unaware, Caribbean women suffer a great deal of cultural, religious and economic oppression, and are victims of AIDS and violent crime at exorbitant rates as compared to women in the rest of the world (especially conisdering how small their countries are). These developments are huge for this community.

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