Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666                               live coverage of football: cbn-television channel 101 on flow tv: online live www.cbnvirginislands.com

COVID-19 pandemic has taken ‘heavy toll’ on women- Hon Malone

- Presents report @ 60th Meeting of Presiding Officers of Regional Conference on Women in Latin America & Caribbean
Noting that women have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in the Virgin Islands, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said the Government of the Virgin Islands has been collaborating with civil society, private sector and international partners to respond to the challenges faced by women. Photo: GIS/File
The Santiago Commitment, adopted by the member States of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the fourteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, is a regional tool to address the structural causes of gender inequality and to foster policies to respond to the pandemic in the short, medium and long term. Photo: News Day
The Santiago Commitment, adopted by the member States of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the fourteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, is a regional tool to address the structural causes of gender inequality and to foster policies to respond to the pandemic in the short, medium and long term. Photo: News Day
Women in the Virgin Islands were disproportionately affected since they comprise the majority of workers in the tourism sector, employed at hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said. Photo: VINO/File
Women in the Virgin Islands were disproportionately affected since they comprise the majority of workers in the tourism sector, employed at hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that women have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in the Virgin Islands, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said the Government of the Virgin Islands has been collaborating with civil society, private sector and international partners to respond to the challenges faced by women.

Delivering a report of the VI’s implementation of the Santiago Commitment at the 60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean on February 23, 2021, Hon Malone shared that women in the Virgin Islands were disproportionately affected since they comprise the majority of workers in the tourism sector, employed at hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses.

‘Women were thrust into financial hardships’

He said women, and in particular, single-family households headed by women, were thrust into financial hardship.

“While we are beginning the process of recovery from the global pandemic, there is no doubt that it has taken a heavy toll on our society, particularly on women.”

Gov’t intervention

In response to the financial challenges facing women and other vulnerable persons, Hon Malone said Government approved a “modest economic stimulus package” that provided financial and social assistance, including unemployment payments to laid-off persons, financial assistance to impacted businesses, and also financial assistance to civil society.

“We have continued to work with local NGOs such as the Family Support Network to ensure that struggling families are fed.”

Hon Malone continued that women are “disproportionately benefitting” from the assistance being provided by the Government in collaboration with civil society, private sector and international partners.

Santiago Commitment

The Santiago Commitment, adopted by the member States of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the fourteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, is a regional tool to address the structural causes of gender inequality and to foster policies to respond to the pandemic in the short, medium and long term.

In the Santiago Commitment, the governments of the region agreed to implement gender-sensitive countercyclical policies to mitigate the impact of economic crises and recessions on women’s lives, and reaffirmed the need to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Regional Gender Agenda, adopting new commitments on innovative and cutting-edge issues.

See link to full report by Hon Carvin Malone:

https://bvi.gov.vg/media-centre/honourable-carvin-malone-60th-meeting-presiding-officers-regional-conference-women

9 Responses to “COVID-19 pandemic has taken ‘heavy toll’ on women- Hon Malone”

  • Go (04/03/2021, 12:30) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    This minister and government are in such denial and blind to what happening on the ground the suffering,, Like Mr Carl Dawson so correctly said on his show last night, it's only until these government members go without pay for a 6 months They will truly understand,,,, Nothing else We say won't make them understand,
  • Society family calapse (04/03/2021, 12:33) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    De broken family structure now appointed woman mothers as the burden to carry ....destructive hands of evil. Kill the seed to prevent growth agenda in effect......BILL GATE. EUGENICS ..FSN ...ETC......and many other high social disappointment in government system promoting the design and failure of our black families social structure of the head of the family....
  • voice (04/03/2021, 13:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a 'voice' in the legislature. Who will advocate for us?
  • Expat (04/03/2021, 15:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes definately and there are still some laid off moms who never get anything from the covid relief funds.
    • Deh Watcha (04/03/2021, 16:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      And they bragging about having the most elected women in government on the same side.
  • Bree (04/03/2021, 15:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Minister:

    Only now you and other in charge recognizing this. For months we have been saying this. Many are crying out for assistance and to date some have not gotten any. The majority of households here are headed by women. Most of them work in the tourism and service sectors especially our expat mothers. While we do understand the situation at hand many of us were not fully prepared for this. Especially the long closure of the borders. So every time you and the Premier push back the border opening it means that we have to dig deeper into what little savings we have to try get by. These funds are drastically being depleted and for some, have none left and must come with our hands out. To add icing on this cake the Minister responsible for Labour, keeps delaying the payment for Severance Pay to us. So again Hon. Malone, what did you expect to happen.
  • Rubber Duck (04/03/2021, 16:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people it hasn’t affected at all are the always smug politicians who no matter how incompetent and useless collect their pay and whatever else they get month after month after month while the people suffer.
  • SSB (05/03/2021, 08:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    With that being said please check in with the SSB and inquire why some contributing woman and mothers did not get any money from the stimulus package thank you.
  • WWE (05/03/2021, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    REMEMBER YOU ALL WAS ASK TO RETURN HOME AND COME BACK WHEN THINGS PICKUP.
    DID U ALL GO ?


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.