NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (December 01, 2016) — Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs on Nevis Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to establish programmes to improve the skill set of women to enable them to secure higher paying jobs, which effectively elevates many from their current positions.
The Minister’s comment came when she officially opened a one-day Women’s Forum on the role of women and girls in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The event was held in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the Mount Nevis Hotel on November 30, 2016.
Mrs. Brandy-Williams explained that in the quest to eradicate poverty, if women are empowered economically, they would be better able to provide for their children and families and improve their financial status.
However, she said if investments in women are not made, they would be unable to provide for their families in a meaningful way and invariably, the poverty cycle would continue and when any country undertakes a poverty-analysis it must be gender sensitive.