Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) press release

SAMOA, May 2-2n/a May 2022

Second Meeting of the Commonwealth Women’s Ministers Action Group (CWAMAG)

The Commonwealth Women’s Ministers Action Group (CWAMAG) was established in May 2021 as a mechanism to monitor responses to COVID19 and its impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the country. Commonwealth.

April 26, 2022, Honorable Leota Laki Lamositele Sio; Minister for Women’s Community and Social Development, attended (virtually) the second meeting of the Commonwealth Women’s Ministers Action Group (CWAMAG).

The meeting was chaired by Prof. Margaret Kobia, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs of Kenya.

The ministerial dialogue focused on COVID-19 and gender inequality. During her presentation, Honorable Minister Leota Laki Lamositele Sio highlighted how gender equality has been and will always remain a priority for Samoa over the next 10 years. The Samoa Development Pathway 2022-2026 outlines social development as one of the key strategic result areas with focus on reducing poverty for all, improving public health for all, quality education for all, empowerment of people and a skilled workforce. In the context of the COVID19 response and recovery, these priority areas are crucial to ensuring equal opportunities and access to social services for men and women.

The Minister also announced the launch of the second Gender Equality Policy in 2021, which stems from his commitment to key international conventions and platforms of action, including CEDAW, CRC, CRPD, -Beijing form of action and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development; and also under the Regional Plan – The Framework for Action to Advance Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 2018-2030.

Samoa has also embarked on gender-responsive budgeting, with a focus on building the capacity of its key social and financial actors to ensure resource allocation is gender-responsive. This is even more critical in this time of COVID19 response and recovery.

Hon. Leota concluded by stating that all gender developments for Samoa are directly and indirectly geared towards inclusion and achieving its national vision of social harmony, security and freedom for all, driven by working for enable community empowerment, resilience building and aspiring growth. To ensure good gender-responsive crisis management, there should be full engagement of women in COVID19 response and recovery efforts.

Hon (Prof) Margaret Kobia, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender and Commonwealth Secretary General, The Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC chaired the event

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