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The National Union for Domestic
Employees (Nude) is calling for ratification
of ILO convention 189 and housing for
Scores of men and women thronged the
streets of Arima yesterday to commemorate
International Women's Day and support
Ida Le Blanc, the union's secretary general
led the march and also called for an increase
in the minimum wage to $20.
Le Blanc was accompanied by UWI's
Institute for Gender and Development
Studies lecturer Dr Gabrielle Hosein, as
well as Network of NGOs for the Advance-
ment of Women's coordinator Hazel Brown,
former PNM MP Penelope Beckles, Oilfields
Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) general
secretary Ancel Roget among others during
the march. The group said Labour Minister
Errol Mcleod had promised three years ago,
at an ILO convention in Geneva, to ratify
the convention but nothing has been done
During the march which began at
Sorzano Street and ended at Arima Velo-
drome, Le Blanc said ratification of ILO
convention 189 would grant domestic
workers the similar rights as other workers.
This, Le Blanc, said would assist in erad-
icating poverty. Many women, she added,
worked 60 hours week and were paid for
only 40 hours.
She called on women in power to bridge
the gap between rich and poor women.
Prof of Gender, Social Change and Devel-
opment Rhoda Reddock said while she was
pleased with the many commemorations
for International Women's Day around the
country, she wanted it sustained throughout
the year. She said there was still a number
of issues that needed urgent attention such
as the national gender policy. T&T, she
said, was one of the few countries that did
not have a national gender policy. She said
issues such as supporting parents who
work full time and raise children should
be looked at and called for daycare centers
at workplace, child centres in industrial
estates, opportunities for breast feeding at
the workplace to ensure children received
the best nourishment. She also called for
gender and sexuality training at schools,
teachers' colleges among others.
Domestics want ILO
convention 189 ratified
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Women continue to bear the brunt of poverty and
economic inequality says feminist and University of
the West Indies lecturer at the Institute for Gender
and Development Studies Gabrielle Hosein.
She was asked to comment on the upcoming obser-
vance of International Women's Day. The day is observed
annually on March 8. The UN's theme this year is
"Equality for Women is progress for all."
In a release to the media, the Network of NGOs for
the Advancement for women (who has led marches in
observance of the day and whose theme this year is
"Women in Enterprise; Equality mean business"), led
by its coordinator Hazel Brown, said women make up
51 per cent of the world's population, are responsible
for 66 per cent of the world's output, yet they only
receive ten per cent of the world's income.
The Network of NGOs, through its women in enter-
prise conference, hopes to influence the change of this
statistic in T&T by empowering women in enterprise.
According to the release, while women contributed
to all spheres of life, the types of work they did were
"We currently accomplish most of the work essential
to life and the continued survival of humankind, yet
our place in society continues to be undervalued.
"The unfortunate reality is that women are still not
regarded equal to their male counterparts; women still
are not present in equal numbers in business or politics,
while the violence against women and girls continues
Hosein, in a phone interview on Friday said women's
economic resilience, whether in the home or in the
wage labour force, was being celebrated on this obser-
vance. Women, she said, continued to pursue economic
autonomy and ability to help themselves and their chil-
dren to strive. She said it should be kept in mind, how-
ever, that women continued to earn less than men and
remained clustered in the lowest sectors of the economy
and in un-unionised jobs.
Hosein said women's work in the home also remained
uncounted for in terms of its economic contribution
to the GDP.
"What women's lives show is that their experiences
in the economy cannot be separated from their ability
to pursue rights, the right to be dependent from men
or the State, and the right to be free from violence for
themselves and their children," she said.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith
says he was disappointed with the public
perception that local law enforcement have
already forgotten the almost three month
old multi-million dollar drug bust in Nor-
folk, Virginia. Griffith in a telephone inter-
view said while public perception is that
the police would let the drug runners off
the hook, the US involvment meant no
one involved would "get away."
"The US investigators are not letting this
go," Griffith said.
The investigation, he said, has remained
independent of the Government and his
"People have a lack of faith in the local
police and that is disappointing, but the US
involvement means that even if it takes six
months or a year, a group of people will be
going up the road," he said.
He said the investigation was being kept
quiet because at this time, silence is nec-
"The less said at this point the better,
Despite the independence of the inves-
tigations, Griffith said both he and the Gov-
ernment continued to "work closely" with
the US officials.
News of the bust dominated headlines
since more than $100 million in cocaine
was found stashed inside Trinidad Juice tins
in a shipment from T&T, bound for New
York. The shipment was discovered en route
by officials in Norfolk, Virginia.
The discovery on US soil prompted reports
of its Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) offi-
cers landing in the country to head inves-
Griffith: Silence necessary in DEA drug probe
The Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism
Association will privately show TOBAGO 1677, an
international feature documentary on the sea battles
between French and Dutch warships in Tobago,
tomorrow at 7 pm at Hyatt Regency Trinidad. The
show will cost $150.
The docudrama is currently being marketed with
the intent for it to be released on television during the
A release sent to the media said, "The catalyst for
this project is the 336th anniversary in 2013 of two of
the most ferocious sea battles in history fought by
French and Dutch warships in Tobago. These 20 ship-
wrecks, an unheard of archaeological treasure, lie on
the seafloor of Scarborough harbor, Tobago, virtually
untouched for over three centuries."
The Tobago House of Assembly authorised Oceans
Discovery Tobago Ltd to film and document this his-
torical treasure and to reveal this story of epic proportions
to the world.
The film presents Tobago's underwater natural and
historical sites, "as part of a strategic approach to
tourism destination development." The release said the
approach, "will substantially boost T&T's reputation
as an international cultural tourism destination while
significantly enhancing all aspects of tomorrow's tourism
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