Parliamentarians have been urged to address the “vexing question” of under representation of women in regional parliaments and high levels of unemployment and underemployment among Caribbean youth.
The challenge was thrown out today by acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy to parliamentarians attending the official opening of the 39th Regional Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamenty Association at Hilton Barbados.
“Even though Caribbean women are world-renowned for having been the backbone of our societies for several centuries, there are still several challenges facing them in the selection of them as candidates and their election as parliamentary representatives,” he said.
The St Michael South Central MP went on to say that women have moral, human, constitutional and democratic rights to hold office – rights enshrined in
Meanwhile, addressing the peculiar concerns of the region’s youth, Sealy contended that the high levels of unemployment and underemployment were the primary concerns.
He pointed out that at this juncture of the region’s history, young people are expected to drive the entrepreneurial policy of their respective countries.
“They will have to change their mindset to use their education to create their own employment. All the countries of the region have an obligation to provide the youth with management and technical skills to develop businesses and diversify our economies. The countries must come up with solutions to the problems young people face,” Sealy said.
Sealy, who is also the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, argued that the involvement of women and the youth in our system of government will strengthen our capacity to face the future.
Meanwhile, in a brief address, Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley once again made an appeal for the abandonment of the adversarial politics practised under the Westminster form of government and referred to Mighty Gabby’s West Indian Politician in which he condemned the devisive nature of politics practised under this system.