Jonas takes part in High Level ECLAC Panel on Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy

Minister Dean Jonas

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.

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  1. Can you imagine a headline that read “Serpent takes part in High Level ECLAC Panel on Gender Equality and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy”. Sorry but that illiterate would not have represented us well at all. Doesn’t have the capacity whatsoever. Whom we chose to be our leaders matters. Not a bunch of charlatans, losers, laggers and ex-convicts. Our National Anthem says, “Raise the standard, raise it boldly”. So don’t let us lower the standard and bring embarrassment to our country in international forums. We lowered the standard in 2004 and we saw the representation we got in international forums. And locally we saw where this country ended up. At the brink of being a failed state. Straight into the arms of the IMF. That is why Swallow had to make the song, “If you can’t run this country give it to Labour Party”. And we aint giving it back to a bunch of loosers. No way.

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