The impact of the global recession on women will be explored, when the Bureau of Gender Affairs hosts a symposium on Thursday, February 18, in celebration of the Day of Women of the Americas.

It will be held at the Barbados Workers’ Union, Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St. Michael, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Members of the public who are interested in participating in the meeting should contact the Bureau by Monday, February 15, at telephone numbers 310-2104 or 310-2108.

Presenters will include Executive Co-ordinator of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre, Cecilia Babb, who will speak on "No easy time for the Informal Sector: Gender Perspective on the Global Crisis". Government’s Advisor on Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals, Undene Whittaker, will discuss "The Impact on the Quality of Life", while Health Sister, Estleen Walker, will address "The Economic Recession on Health".

The Day of the Women of the Americas was established in 1982 by a resolution of the Organization of American States General Assembly. It is commemorated on February 18 and recognises the vital role women of the Americas have played as agents of social change. The main objective of this day is to stimulate new initiatives and establish programmes of action dedicated to involving women fully and permanently in their country’s development.

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