The Minister responsible for Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue economy Dean Jonas took part in a high level panel discussion put on by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday.
The discussion explored gender equality and disaster risk reduction policy.
The panel formed part of the 62nd meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The conference is held yearly and brings together government representatives, civil society and international development agencies to monitor compliance with global agreements on gender equality and human rights.
Minister Jonas spoke about the key challenges faced by many countries in relation to integrating gender considerations into public and social policy.
He specifically highlighted issues such as the need for increased cross sectoral knowledge exchange and capacity building amongst gender equality and disaster management practitioners, the need for diversification in relation to who are given leadership opportunities within the disaster risk reduction spaces, and he also spoke of the dual challenges presented to policy makers in the form of the current health pandemic and the unprecedented strength of disasters and hazards that compound the already existing challenges already facing the Caribbean and Latin American regions in particular.