Caribbean Sub-regional Women’s Advisory Committee meeting (Saint Lucia)

Date: 
2 July, 2018
Time: 
09.15 - 17.30
Location: 
Castries, Saint Lucia
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The Sub-regional Women’s Advisory Committee (SUBWOC) will meet on 2 July in Castries, Saint Lucia. The SUBWOC meets prior to the Sub-regional Advisory Committee (SUBRAC) meeting and comprises women activists and representatives.

PSI’s global and regional women’s committees will oversee the implementation of gender mainstreaming to undertake both specific action and ensure gender perspectives are incorporated in all PSI policies, programmes and activities.

The majority of our membership, and the biggest users of public services, are women; we will continue to take specific actions to address gender and other forms of discrimination as well as mainstreaming these issues through all our work. (Sub) regional and sectoral work are critical. More and more we will work within and across sectors, and this work will integrate relevant crosscutting issues and themes.

“Gender equality and equity have been important rallying cries for PSI for several decades. PSI was the first global union to introduce a policy of parity between men and women for political representation purposes.”

The Sub-regional Women’s Advisory Committee (SUBWOC) meets prior to the Sub-regional Advisory Committee (SUBRAC) meeting and comprises women activists and representatives. The chair is Sis Jillian Bartlett (NUGFW TT), the Caribbean Women’s Titular. The SUBWOC meets annually. In accordance with PSI’s constitution, the number of representatives attending the SUBWOC meeting must be at least 50% of the number of representatives attending the SUBRAC meeting.

During the meeting, the committee deliberates on a wide range of issues and in general advises on:

  1. ways to promote the full development of the potential of women in trade unions and in their workplaces;
  2. activities and campaigns that would compensate for the results of discrimination against women at all organisational levels within unions;
  3. ways that affiliates might work to achieve fair and equitable recognition of women’s contributions within unions and in paid employment;
  4. ways to support the work of the wider trade union movement in achieving gender equality and equity.

Women activists in public services unions affiliated to PSI use this opportunity to deliberate and make recommendations on ways to achieve gender equality and equity: in their unions, workplaces and the wider society. Equally important, members examine and articulate their perspectives on a wide range of issues. The discussions pay particular attention to what needs to be done and the methods used to achieve the results we want.

Our discussions are strategic, using the realities that affiliates face, to identify ways to promote quality public services and to influence national and regional decision-making.
The meeting seeks to Inform, Educate and Motivate/Inspire committee members.


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