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Gender Affairs officials highlight the need for a National Gender policy

Director of the Department of Gender Affairs, Celia Christopher, commented that having access to the resources of the country is one of the most important aspects of the entire policy document

Sharon Warner, Executive Officer at the Department of Gender Affairs. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- The need for the development of a National Gender Policy for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis was emphasised on January 13 by Sharon Warner, Executive Officer at the Department of Gender Affairs.

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Celia Christopher, Director of the Department of Gender Affairs. Mrs. Warner said the National Gender Policy is an institutional framework that will assist the government in facilitating gender equality and empowerment and improve compliance with repertory requirements on the various human rights instruments.

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“It’s a key document that provides a clear mandate to enhance a gender-sensitive approach in processes and operations that will promote the rights and equality of men, women, boys, and girls,” she said. The purpose of the gender policy is to mainstream gender in all sectors.

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“In society, there are existing patterns of inequality and differences between the roles of men and women, which require different approaches,” said Mrs. Warner. “A gender policy will promote greater gender sensitivity and understanding of the impact of gender on society at all levels.

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“We actually need a gender policy to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and human rights and to ensure developmental benefits for everyone,” she said. “The policy will promote gender equality so that men and women can enjoy the same opportunities rights and obligations in all areas of life

“This means sharing equally in the resources of the country including access to services, for example, health, education, social, political, economic and cultural,” said Mrs. Warner.

Director of the Department of Gender Affairs, Celia Christopher, commented that having access to the resources of the country is one of the most important aspects of the entire policy document