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Shirley Pryce elected member of Association for Women's Rights in Development

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By NADINE WILSON All Woman writer

Monday, February 17, 2014    

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HER work with championing the cause of domestic workers is well documented and now president of the Jamaica Household Workers Association Shirley Pryce is looking forward to pleading the cause for women all over as one of the newest elected members of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID).

Pryce was one of two members who were nominated and then elected to the AWID international board of directors earlier this year. The other newly elected member is Alice Odingo, who is the chairperson of the Women and Climate Change Project of the Soroptimist International Union of Denmark and Kenya. Both women are expected to join the group of other women policymakers, academics, researchers, activists, business leaders and gender advocates to strengthen the voice of women worldwide and to advance their rights.

As the only Caribbean representative on the board of directors, Pryce said she hopes to help to bring more visibility to issues affecting women in the region.

"We will work to eliminate violence and poverty. I want to see a world where we can smell, taste, live in freedom and where we all can enjoy our rights free from discrimination," she said.

Pryce said she was pleased to learn of her nomination and is now looking forward to what this opportunity affords.

"I am honoured to serve on this outstanding international board. I look forward to working with the other board members as this can only enrich our organisation and those with whom we work. And at the same time I am sure that in turn I will also be able to offer something new to the network," she said.

Pryce, who is a former domestic worker, also chairs the Caribbean Domestic Workers Network and has been a human rights advocate for over 20 years. She sits on several other boards and committees including the International Domestic Workers Federation, the Association of Women's Organisation of Jamaica, the 51 per cent Coalition and the Consumer Affairs Commission.

The humanitarian was also one of two Caribbean representatives who participated in the International Labour Conference to develop and adopt the Domestic Workers Convention in 2011 which was aimed at adopting the historic set of international standards geared towards improving the working conditions of an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. However, despite agreeing to adopt the convention, Jamaica is yet to ratify it. Nontheless Pryce remains hopeful that laws regarding the treatment of domestic workers will be passed soon.

"I am hopeful that the Government will ratify the convention from early, because we have been working real hard with that. The Ministry of Labour, the International Labour Organisation and UN Women gave funding and we are going around the island sensitising domestic workers and employers alike," she said.

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