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Bridgetown, Barbados - While Dominica, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago are among the countries in the Caribbean and Americas region where women ministers are nearing or exceeding the gender parity position of 30 per cent of representatives, the number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated.
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Too often there is a misunderstanding that gender responsive governance is governance specific only to women’s rights and needs. UN Women MCO Caribbean, Deputy Representative Tonni Brodber recently facilitated a training session for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership on applying gender and intersectionality to parliamentary work.
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How can we in our communities transform attitudes and behaviours which perpetuate the root causes of gender-based discrimination that are reinforcing unequal relations of power between women and men?
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Continuing to treat women's rights as matters for the private sphere and therefore ""beyond the reach of the law"" remains the single biggest threat to women's progress.