6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are

The women of Layou, Dominica being taught how to cook and sew in order to become self-sufficient Photo: UNDP

The gender parity index indicates that the Caribbean has achieved this Goal.  The more pressing issue, however, is the continued need to raise boys’ participation in secondary and tertiary education from current low levels.  Effective, targeted measures must be taken immediately if there is to be any chance of making significant gains by 2015.

Special efforts will have to be made to achieve parity for women in non-agricultural wage employment in Belize, Dominica and Guyana. The gender gap data indicate that the differences in average wages between the two sexes are less for the other Caribbean countries.

Since there is, at most, just one general election period remaining in any of the countries before 2015, it is evident that the target for proportion of national assembly seats held by women (parity or near parity) will not be met across the subregion.

Source: Caribbean Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

UNDP's work in Barbados and the OECS

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament