4 Ways to Support Women Leaders in T&T

March 12th, 2024

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It would have been hard to miss this year’s commemorations of International Women’s Day (IWD) in T&T. Businesses and organisations everywhere have embraced it wholeheartedly with rallies, promotions, and advertising. The woman who declared the first women’s day 115 years ago probably did not envision her idea would take hold so strongly worldwide.

With women making up 46.7% of the labour force, women in Trinidad and Tobago are irreplaceable fixtures in the workplace. Many of them are leaders or are on the leadership track.

How can we support women leaders throughout the year?

Invest in women and girls

Commemorating IWD 2024, Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous declared, “For every woman and girl, we ask that we finally make the best investment we can: financing gender equality and unlocking its dividends for all.” She noted that over 100 million women and girls could benefit if governments prioritised education, fair and equal wages and more.

Foster support for other women

Cavelle Joseph-St. Omer, President of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), explains that she strives to uplift other women. “The saying ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ is an appropriate one,” she told Newsday in a recent article. I, therefore, bring other women along the journey with me. I openly and willingly share power and information rather than guard it.”

Provide mentoring opportunities

“We need to embrace that important role of mentoring other young women in business or civil society or the Church to move forward on their journeys,” declares Anna-Maria Garcia-Brooks, retired General Manager, Group Human Resources, Republic Bank Limited, in an interview with the Catholic News.

Speak up!

The International Women’s Day website (hyperlink to https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ ) states, “When women aren’t present, we must ask: ‘If not, why not?’” Calling out inequality is key. “As women, we must be bold and let our voices be heard above the noise that surrounds us,” affirms Garcia-Brooks. Joseph-St. Omer explains, “Being a leader means not simply having a seat at the table, but having the determination to own your voice and express yourself at whatever stage you are in your career. Your thoughts and suggestions may influence company policy, employee collaboration, and business development.”

As we begin the journey towards International Women’s Day 2025, we should all strive to ensure that women leaders in T&T have the support they need. Empowering women makes a better world for all.

By Dixie-Ann Belle