Thursday 13 December, 2018

Watch: Women, it's time to speak out, says PLOTT CEO

CEO of women's advocacy group, Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), Gillian Wall, said the time for women to speak out for gender parity is now.

Wall was speaking in advance of events being held in commemoration of International Women's Day 2018, which is being celebrated on March 8, 2018.

The theme for this year is 'Press for Progress' and aims at increasing gender parity for women around the world. 

 

"Our women are suffering in their homes silently. Why is it when we march, there are so few of us? Why are there so few supporting us?"

"We need to say 'the time is now', speak your truth," she said. 

A march for women's rights is being held on Saturday March 10, in commemoration of International Women's Day, starting from 2:00 pm at the Queen's Park Savannah. 

Data from the Crime And Problem Analysis (CAPA) Branch of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (TTPS) revealed that there were approximately 11,441 reports relating to domestic violence incidents between 2010 and 2015.

Approximately 75 percent of these reports were related to female individuals. During the same period, there were 131 domestic violence-related deaths of which 56 percent were female.

Data from the TTPS and the National Domestic Violence Hotline reveal that approximately 80 percent of the reports relate to female victims.

In terms of wage equality, the World Economic Forum said there is a wage gap of almost 60 percent between earnings of men and women in Trinidad and Tobago, according to a 2016 report spanning a 10-year period.

A report by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago based on data from 2008-2009 showed that there was a 'significant difference' between male and female wages. 

Households headed by females were also found to be 2.8 percent more likely to be poor than male-headed houses.

However the WEF ranked Trinidad and Tobago at 44 out of 144 countries for gender parity, with a score of 0.723, saying that while the country scored well in terms of education and health empowerment and parity, it fell short on political opportunity.

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