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Barbados minister calls for talks on gender issues

Barbados minister calls for talks on gender issues

Bridgetown, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Minister of People Empowerment and Senior Citizens Affairs Kirk Humphrey on Wednesday called for urgent talks on gender issues in Barbados and to leave behind the colonial legacy.

The modern nation must reflect on what it means to be a man, a woman, a decent human being at the end of the day, he said in a speech at the opening session of a political forum on the subject. In renegotiating these things, Barbados is going to have challenging dialogues, considered Humphrey, who called for extending them to residents with disabilities and the elderly.

‘That we haven’t created a space for people with disabilities perplexes me. The vast majority of us will be over 50 in the next few years, and we don’t have it,’ he warned.

The minister noted that it was important to ensure that everyone is part of the development process so that they can contribute and reap the benefits.

‘This country must be able to recognize people in all their diversity and serve them because they are human beings,’ he added.

Humphrey urged to observe the world to see how it evolves and apply rational thinking to determine ‘whether we should maintain the trajectory or change it,’ he stressed.

It is a question we all have to quantify at some point, Humphrey said at the meeting, attended by a delegation from the European Union, a representation from the Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Forum.

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