Published On: Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

SOAW Minister wants to end poverty and discrimination

cecilia-larmonieWILLEMSTAD – “The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October this year was particularly important,” said Ruthmilda Larmonie Cecilia, Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW).

This is due to the recently formally approved "Sustainable Development Goals" of the United Nations General Assembly (UN). The minister says that it is her intention to build a sustainable future, to end poverty and discrimination, which is also the theme of this year, chosen by the UN.

The minister said that all men must come together to end poverty and discrimination with a view to a sustainable future, where the needs of humanity are now satisfied.

This without impeding future generations in the building and satisfaction of their own needs. While the most recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) indicated that the percentage of households falling below the poverty line has decreased, there is still more than a quarter of the population of Curaçao living in poverty.

The minister thinks that building a sustainable future means, "strengthen efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and discrimination, to ensure that everyone can fully exercise their human rights."

“It requires socio-cultural changes with regard to human rights, cultural diversity and environmental protection. It reduces further socioeconomic inequality and realizes, especially inclusion or participation for all in the society,” said Cecilia-Larmonie

It is the minister’s political-administrative duty to ensure that people are no longer forced to work for the lowest wages and in the most difficult circumstances, where neither security nor social protection is guaranteed at work.

“A sustainable world cannot exist when there is poverty, discrimination and violation of human rights,” said the minister.

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