Healthcare workers commended for their resilience as Dominica celebrates Int. Women’s Day

Doctors and nurses on the frontline

Healthcare workers in Dominica are being commended and celebrated for their resilience/sacrifice during this unprecedented time, as Dominica joins the rest of the world in the celebration of International Women’s Day today.

International Women’s Day is a global day for celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

“Today we are not only celebrating our women in the frontline of this pandemic in the health sector but the contribution of all women across all sectors leading the way in Dominica’s Covid-19 response and recovery,” Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs Senior’s Security and Dominicans with Disabilities, Dr. Adis King said during an address “We recognize and applaud our women’s perspectives, initiatives, skills, knowledge, and experiences in contributing to the containment of the spread of Covid-19.”

She continued, “Throughout this unprecedented pandemic, Dominican women stood and continue to stand firm at the frontline as healthcare workers, caregivers, public servants and community workers.”

Dr. King added, “Our women combatted and continue to combat the brunt of this pandemic.”

The government minister went on to say that if Dominican women are to truly achieve equal future in a Covid-19 world, Dominicans as a whole need to unrelentingly combat the issue of gender-based violence currently occurring on our island.

“Gender-based violence, domestic violence and intimate partner violence are in and of themselves symptoms of a global pandemic,” Dr. King remarked. “Violence against women and girls leads to loss of life for some and for survivors, it can cause physical injuries, displacement and post-traumatic stress.”

She said further that women can be physiologically scarred for life due to increased violence.

“These highly negative experiences are more than likely to set back all the gains we have made towards women’s economic empowerment as a country and as a people,” Dr. King stated.

She made it clear that the Government of Dominica condemns all forms of violence against women and girls.

This year International Women’s Day is being celebrated under the UN-designated theme:  “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.”

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