Women in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidadian and Tobagonian women during an "Africa Unite" symposium
|Gender Inequality Index|
|Maternal mortality (per 100,000)||46|
|Women in parliament||27.4%|
|Females over 25 with secondary education||59.4%|
|Women in labour force||54.9%|
|Global Gender Gap Index|
|Rank||36th out of 136|
|Women in society|
Women in Trinidad and Tobago are women who were born in, who live in, or are from Trinidad and Tobago. Depending from which island the women came from, they may also be called Trinidadian women or Tobagonian women respectively. Some women in Trinidad and Tobago now excel in occupations such as being microenterprise owners, "lawyers, judges, politicians, civil servants, journalists, and calypsonians". Other women still dominate the fields of "domestic service, sales, and some light manufacturing".
Women of Afro-Trinidadian mix commonly become "heads of households", thus with acquired "autonomy and power". By participating in Trinidad and Tobago's version of the Carnival, Trinidadian and Tobagonian women demonstrate their "assertive sexuality". Some of them have also been active in so-called Afro-Christian sects and in running the "sou-sou informal rotating credit associations".
Elma Constance Francois (14 October 1897 - 1944) was an Africentric activist who, on 25 September 1987, was declared as a "national heroine of Trinidad and Tobago".
Kamla Persad-Bissessar (born on 22 April 1952)) is the seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the sixth person to hold this position. She was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May 2010 and is the country's first female Prime Minister.
Status and etiquette
Women in Trinidad and Tobago are expected not to respond to any verbal harassment done by men while in city streets, because such as reply will make those women lose their status.
In 1955, Ordinance No. 6 of 195 of the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago made it possible to draft into the police force of the country twelve women to "deal with juveniles and female offenders".
Women's groups in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago include the following: Concerned Women for Progress, The Group, and Working Women.
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