Women and the 2015/2016 Budget
An AFETT Breakfast Meeting
AFETT can play a big part in the future of the gender policy and the future of the women of Trinidad and Tobago. This was the consensus during our Breakfast panel discussion on “Women and the Budget 2016” held at Jaffa restaurant. During her address, Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, echoed the views of the panellists observing, “As professionals working in Trinidad and Tobago, members of AFETT, like all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, share an overarching concern and maybe even responsibility for the sustainable development of our country.” AFETT brought together several distinguished speakers in the forum to present their perspectives on the status of women in relation to current government policy.
Mariano Browne, management consultant and former Minister of Finance; Dr. Sheila Rampersad, journalist and lecturer, also gave their outlooks on the present situation. They both noted that for the sake of continued development of gender policy, a national integrated approach, which includes all ministries and sectors, is necessary. Dr. Rampersad noted that it is important for AFETT to contribute to this approach by advocating change and by supporting NGOs associated with women’s issues. In his contribution, Mr. Browne stressed that it is important to make goals and outcomes clear or nothing significant will be achieved.
The assembled audience included AFETT members, concerned citizens and specially invited guests including the head girls of St. Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain; Bishop Anstey High School; Holy Name Convent and St. Francois Girls’ College. Special thanks to our meeting sponsors L&S Surveying Limited, Omega Pest Control and Ecological Termite Control.