The United Nations (UN) is marking the first-ever International Equal Pay Day which draws attention to the gender pay gap and systemic inequalities. Despite decades of activism and dozens of laws on equal pay, women still earn less than 80 cents for every dollar that men earn. That figure is even lower for women with children, women of colour, women refugees and migrants and women with disabilities.
Caribbean economies, like others around the world, have been negatively impacted by the on-going novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its June 2020 Economic Outlook forecasts global gross domestic product (GDP) growth at – 4.9 percent in 2020. For tourism-dependent economies like Barbados, the Bahamas and Jamaica, the Inter-American ….
The United Nations’ specialized agency for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) is holding its acclaimed ITU Digital World 2020 SME Awards online as result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will take place from 30 November to 7 December 2020.
The crisis has revealed just how much we depend on digital technology in every area of our personal and professional lives.
So now more than ever, we need creative SMEs with innovative tech solutions – and tech SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs need support and encouragement from the industry.
The ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards is an opportunity to recognize excellent innovative tech solutions, build resilience and foster investment in tech SMEs in the midst of this crisis.
AID AND ASSISTANCE
Sandals Foundation launched its 'Lessons Alive' Campaign to help vulnerable families with back-to-school expenses across the Caribbean. It will also aid schools reconfigure their operations for safety and sanitation purposes.
Dominica will strengthen its response to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic using US$5.2 million from the World Bank.
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Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (CORALL): Protecting Coral Reefs in Barbados
Interview with Susan Mahon
Susan Mahon, Trustee and President of Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (CORALL), a Barbadian nonprofit organisation, believes that raising awareness and getting people involved and, the work that CORALL is doing will help save and restore the reefs of Barbados in time. She points out some successes to date. Mahon is an Environmental Scientist and Sustainability Consultant and the former Academic and Managing Director of Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University and, former Managing Director for Harrisons Cave in Barbados...
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