Barbados’ NUPW looks at International Women’s Day

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) joins with all women globally in celebrating International Women’s Day, under the theme: “Inspiring Change.”

Barbadian women in particular have always shown their indomitable spirit when confronted with the challenges of poverty, unemployment, violence and harassment.

In the current retrenchment exercise, women will be the main casualties and their skills to cope and provide for their families will be tested. They are also faced with the continuing escalation of violence against them - within the home, in the community, places of work and in institutions of learning.

In the current retrenchment exercise, women will be the main casualties and their skills to cope and provide for their families will be tested. They are also faced with the continuing escalation of violence against them – within the home, in the community, places of work and in institutions of learning.

In spite of these challenges, women have shown their resilience by mentoring the younger women and girls on how to appropriately handle threats and violence. They have banded together to provide advice, protection and support to address the plight of their fellow sisters. They continue to educate their children – sons and daughters to respect women. Women have shown that through the attainment of higher education, the vicious cycle of poverty may be curbed and have encouraged their children to do the same.

The NUPW implores Government to eradicate unfair and inequitable practices against women within the work place and to give them every opportunity to excel. The NUPW also calls on our leaders to enact legislation to protect women.

The NUPW implores Government to eradicate unfair and inequitable practices against women within the work place and to give them every opportunity to excel. The NUPW also calls on our leaders to enact legislation to protect women.

Our women have been the ones who have affected change in this society – they have hovered in the background – yet they are recognised as instigators in the roles of economist, teacher, trainer, nurse and inventor.

On this International Women’s Day the Union salutes all women and applauds their contributions to our country and the NUPW, as we celebrate our legacy of representing public officers – 70 years and beyond.

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