Dr Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, has underscored the importance of investing in girls.
She made the point in Suriname during a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored conference.
Dr Rigobert spoke of the critical need to bring girls into focus as a key element of any government’s desire to realize sustainable development. Dr Rigobert said there is no denying that there is a change in dynamic.
The Minister asserted that the roles which were traditionally occupied by men are increasingly being occupied by young women.
She expressed the view that perhaps there needs to be a very purposeful focus on that evolution and emerging trend to ensure that girls from very early are adequately equipped to give of their best to their respective societies.
She said some countries have clearly done better than others.
According to Minister Rigobert, that can be a function of whether a country is multi-cultural or multi-religious, since there are other factors that come into play that inform the extent to which a girl is allowed to manifest her gifts.
The Minister made it clear that the discussion on investing in girls was not at the expense of boys.