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Report: Low staffing affects Gender Affairs from carrying out duties

In December 2010, numerous government agencies were represented at a Workshop on Gender Analysis: Towards the Development of a National Policy on Gender for the BVI hosted by the Office of Gender Affairs. Policy makers are pictured here during the opening ceremony for the two-day sessions. Photo Credit: Ministry of Health and Social Development
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a report submitted by the Governmental based Department/Office of Gender Affairs (OGA), which summarises the works of the department from January-December 2011, enlisted in their challenges is the problem of scarce staffing.

The report, which was laid in the House of Assembly on June 28, 2012, indicated that through this challenge of insufficient staffing, the Department that holds responsibility of promoting gender equality, equity and women empowerment within the Virgin Islands, finds it a challenge to do its day-to-day operations.

“A policy driven agency staff is needed to monitor gender mainstreaming in all the aspects of policy making, which is a wide span of sectors,” an excerpt from the report stated.

The report further stated that with a full staff, the department can fully take responsibility of its duties for public sensitisation “which is a difficult area because of the ingrained cultural beliefs that women and men are not equal.”

The department’s report concluded by saying that there is a need to gather information for Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) compliance on a yearly basis to present accurate information for the periodic reviews.

“Additional staffing is inevitable in the future,” the report further emphasised.

7 Responses to “Report: Low staffing affects Gender Affairs from carrying out duties”

  • not again (18/07/2012, 14:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is becoming so redundant that all departments are calling for more of something!!!! but where is the productivity?
  • Not2Sure (18/07/2012, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I struggle to see the usefulness of an Office of Gender Affairs where the professional workforce is dominated by women. I can't help feeling we could use those recources better.
    • new facts (18/07/2012, 23:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      show me a department in government that does not complain they are under staff??? but most of them even if you give them the $$$$$ they require hardly any of them will deliver ind
  • hmmm (18/07/2012, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is no need for a department to deal with this subject matter. It is a waste of Government resources
  • Joc (20/07/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bloggers do you know only three people work in the office of gender affairs!! They do need more staff. They are encounting a lot of issues in the BVI. They are over the group that works with abusive men and now they are focusing on domestic violence. They need the staff

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