In celebration of International Women’s Day, CariMAN partnered with a coalition of organizations focussed on the advancement of gender equality and equity through activism, advocacy, community organizing and empowerment of women and marginalized groups, to host the 4th annual Women’s Rights Rally on Saturday 7th March, 2020 under the theme “Power In Action: Honour, Encourage, Include, Act”. The March and Rally drew the support of thousands including individuals and families, local civil society organizations, corporate sponsors, government agencies such as the Office of the Prime Minister – Gender and Child Affairs and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and international organizations such as the Canadian High Commission to Trinidad and Tobago, the British High Commission, UN Women Caribbean, UNFPA, among others.
The 2020 theme pulls from the international theme of “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” and is aligned with the campaign that marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The goals for this year’s Women’s Rights Rally and March were to:
- Honour Women by celebrating and supporting the work of women’s grassroots organisations,
- Encourage a New Generation by empowering youth to play active roles for justice and change,
- Include All Rights by being inclusive in our politics and movements for women’s rights to include persons with disabilities, indigenous people, LGBTI+ people and all minority groups, and
- Act for Each Other through individual and collective action for transformation.
Additionally, CariMAN played a crucial role to encourage a new generation by empowering youth to play active roles in the Rally. CariMAN contributed financial support for a workshop, coordinated by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, on key issues affecting women and girls, and how boys can support and be allies. The workshop was held on March 5, 2020 with children of the CREDO Centre for Justice in Port-of-Spain. The goal of the workshop was to sensitize the children and support them in making messages and posters for the Rally.