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Women to get ‘one-stop shop’ to deal with issues

By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

Two “women cities”—Ciudad Mujer—will be established in East Port of Spain and South Trinidad and will serve as a “one-stop shop” to address the needs of women with  issues, says Gender Minister Clifton De Coteau.

The exact locations are yet to be identified, but the project will be funded by the Inter American  Development Bank (IDB) at a cost of US$405,400.

Speaking at yesterday’s Post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, De Coteau said the centres are geared towards addressing issues affecting women through the facilitation of essential services.

Services to be provided will include sexual and reproductive health, economic autonomy, and collective education on violence against women.

“It is envisioned that the concentration of public services in a one-stop shop will make it possible to improve the inter-institutional coordination and enhance the quality of services provided,” said De Coteau.

He said a situational analysis of women in 2013 in this country found that East Port of Spain is one of the most economically depressed regions and is characterised by high rates of crime and unemployment.

He said there were 92,000 residents in East Port of Spain in more than 27,000 households, where 70 per cent were headed by women.

De Coteau said the analysis showed the Southern and Eastern regions of the country experienced higher indices of poverty, which includes education, health and living standards, than those in the Western and Northern regions.

He said the centres will be supported by a programme steering committee and a technical working group, which will be made up of representatives from various Government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and city corporations.

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