Women & youth engaged in national symposium

first_imgBusinessLocalNews Women & youth engaged in national symposium by: – June 27, 2018 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 137 Views   no discussions A number of women and young people were engaged in a national symposium on Wednesday 27 June 2018.The symposium, which was held at the Garraway Hotel under the theme ‘Women and Youth: A Voice for Change in the Agriculture Sector’, was organized by the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) in Collaboration with PROPEL and the Government of Dominica,Minister for Youth, Justina Charles, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Reginald Thomas were among guests at Wednesday’s national symposium. “PROPEL is working with producers, private sector buyers, other value chain actors and business service providers to facilitate the safe effective and efficient movement of fresh produce from the farm level to markets,” Deputy Project Director for PROPEL, Munish Persaud stated.He added that PROPEL supported initiatives are affected by three cross-cutting themes; women and youth, climate change and the environment and governance.“I see today’s consultation as an intersection of all three, I certainly hope for that given this particular post Maria reconstruction context and the opportunities it presents for addressing equity issues in favor of women and youth,” Persaud said.He noted that women and the youth are looking to be “empowered negotiating partners” in helping stakeholder groups to understand their issues and how they can make their realities count in programs designed for them.“They want that the programs of all development partners to be responsive to their unique context. The idea is that they would like every stakeholder represented here to hear their issues, and for us to ask ourselves if our organizations have a mandate to address any of these issues”.Persaud added that one of the key intended outcomes of the national symposium is that all development partners will recognize that women and youth must be engaged as empowered partners.“The presentations from women and youth will actually help us together to think about the future of agriculture in Dominica and I hope that together we hear that voice and that we make changes based on that voice,” Persuad said. Tweetlast_img

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