Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday called for more to be done to empower the nation’s girls.
In a message to mark International Day of the Girl Child, Persad-Bissessar said, “To our nation’s leaders, which include all Parliamentarians, I call on you to do your part to lift the barriers to the development of our nation’s girls and put measures in place to fulfill their potential.”
Persad-Bissessar said she would continue to advocate for greater investment in TT’s children and youth through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). She claimed it was disappointing and disheartening that under the People’s National Movement, “We are seeing the destruction of the gains made by the People’s Partnership in this area of ICTs in education.”
She said while many of TT’s girls and young women were fortunate to be able to access opportunities for education, employment, healthcare and other services, “Far too many of them are faced with challenges such as poverty, abuse, a denial of educational opportunities and blatant discrimination based solely on gender.
“We must, all of us, do more to end discrimination, and to protect our young women and girls.”
She called on TT’s girls to “be bold and grab hold of the reins of leadership.” She said every girl had the potential to become a future leader and bring about positive change in our society.”