Today, I salute all women, especially those of Saint Lucia. Some strides have been made in recognizing, strengthening and respecting the rights of women. But there is a long way to go. There is so much more to do. Collectively, we have to fight against the violence committed against women in all its manifestations.
I give thanks to the women who have shaped my life over the years.
I thank and respect the women who fight, support and promote the Saint Lucia Labour Party. There are so many but I want specially to mention three. I pay respect to our two female parliamentarians, Emma Hippolyte and Alvina Reynolds, two powerful, dedicated and committed women. I extend greetings and respect to my former Press Secretary, Jadia Jn Pierre. She has been a wonderful friend, an exceptional, brilliant and strong woman. They have all made me proud!
The government that I am honoured to lead is proud to see the many women in leadership roles in our country. It will continue to do its part to encourage even more women to participate in the governance and development of our country.
Happy International Women’s Day to all!