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A Regional Role Model for Gender Equality

November 06 2017 - by Carole Houlihan

In September, Jamaica announced[1] that twenty-seven (27) government ministries, departments and agencies had received the Gender Equality Certification and Seal for achieving standards in promoting gender equality in the workplace.

The Gender Equality Seal is founded on internationally accepted principals and agreements regarding human rights and gender equality, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and the UN Global Compact Ten Principles which convenes businesses, UN agencies, labour unions, civil society, and governments to promote human rights, fair labour and anti-corruption practices, and environmental sustainability.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) participation in the programme gives governments a comprehensive platform to reduce inequalities in the workplace and engage in dialogue with the private sector on good labour practices.

Jamaica Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange noted that awardees have created equitable conditions for men and women, establishing environments where women’s work and contributions are valued. The Ministry will continue to work with government agencies and private businesses to support their certification.

Participating companies that successfully complete the certification requirements are awarded the seal to certify that they actively promote equality among their employees.

The key areas for Gender Equality Seal certification include eliminating gender-based pay gaps, increasing women’s roles in decision-making, enhancing work-life balance, enhancing women’s access to non-traditional jobs, eradicating sexual harassment at work, and using inclusive, non-sexist communication.

Does your government participate in the Gender Equality Certification and Seal programme?

 

[1] http://jis.gov.jm/27-mdas-get-gender-equality-seal/

 

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Diana Swan-Lawrence - Reply

Congrats Jamaica! This initiative is laudable. Unfortunately Guyana has not done so yet but this would be one of our recommendations to Parliament. Now that the CARICOM Secretariat is finally embarking on filling the vacant post of a Gender and Development Specialist..I hope this initiative would be replicated across the Region.

Carole Houlihan - Reply

Thanks for your comment Diana. Please keep us posted on developments in Guyana. Perhaps you can write a blog on the subject! Thanks also for highlighting the leadership role that the CARICOM Secretariat can play in supporting member states to address   gender equality in the SDGs.