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Barbados is the first country in the Caribbean and Latin American region to be gender audited by the International Labour Office (ILO, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0); and the preliminary findings reveal that the Ministry of Labour is doing well.

In a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, the ILO gender audit team disclosed while the final results of the investigation are pending, the Ministry of Labour is gender focused and not just "women focused".

The ILO gender audit team is in the island conducting research on the role of gender in the planning and policies of the Ministry of Labour, its departments, stakeholders, partners and partner ministries.?? The team’s research also includes the mainstreaming of gender into daily work; impressions and perceptions of gender; the shifting of gender roles and its effects on men; the level of gender awareness in the workplace, and confusion between the term gender and women.

In the meeting, the ILO team and the Labour Minister discussed the advancement of Barbadian women in the society and workplace as well as the challenges facing young men in the society.?? Realising that these challenges are not limited to Barbados alone, the ILO team and the Labour Minister talked about the role of vocational training in self-actualisation for young men and young people in general.

Dr. Byer Suckoo said she was looking forward to the results and recommendations coming out of the ILO gender audit.??


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