PM Says Mothers Need More Support From State, Citizenry

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, declared Sunday in a message to mark Mother’s Day that the government remains committed to supporting mothers and the family.

“We want to see strong family units in Saint Lucia and we must ask ourselves how do we collectively try to do this for the benefit of future generations?” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.

“It means that as a society, we have to discuss some sensitive issues and we all have to step up. Hence, while we acknowledge that we have some of the strongest mothers in the world, who have been able to overcome odds and strive for their children, they still need more support from the State and from the entire citizenry,” the PM observed.

“For one, we very much need the men in our society to continuously step up to their responsibilities. It also means we must protect underage moms and provide them with the protection, support and guidance to be able to go back to school, get training and in turn get the direction and support they need to raise a child.”

According to Chastanet, Saint Lucia survives because of its hardworking mothers, grandmothers, aunts, adoptive and foster moms/parents.

He said he welcomed the opportunity of Mother’s Day to recognise the immeasurable contribution of all who are caregivers to the children of this country.

Chastanet also paid tribute to his own mom for raising him and his sister and for the life lessons she taught them, including always striving for humility and caring for others.

10 COMMENTS

  1. The best support mothers can get is to have a law that requires men to adequately provide for their off-spring. $200.00 CANNOT provide for a child. A child should be enjoying the same standard of living as their father. Women should also take responsibility for their actions. Avoid making children outside of a committed relationship, and for men who are married. The system should be more rigorous. Now, I must say that the new fathers are doing a much better job than those before. For those married men have extra-marital children the law should require them to hold a night job and all the money given to the child’; just enough for the now and the rest on an account for insurance college and so on. No extra for the jabal to enjoy.

    • This law is a double edged sword. A man must “legally” provide only if held accountable by the woman and the courts. Likewise a woman can choose to deny a man access to his child for whatever reason unless a court orders otherwise. Even if he voluntarily provides for the child, the woman can still choose to deny access unless court ordered. Hell of a thing huh! The law needs to change so that both parents are equally and automatically responsible and liable. Stop that rubbish about women being the sole legal guardian. If men know they are responsible from the get go. They will be more responsible about their actions.

    • Mr. PM so what’s about the hard working Mothers of the public service that you are denying a salary increase that should help them provide better for their children.

  2. Allen, your mother may have taught the lesson of always striving for humility.

    However lets be honest, you skipped that class like you did all your English classes – it shows every time you speak.

    When someone else has to repeatedly clean up and say that your words were mis-interpreted or mis-understood fairly frequently as Nicole does then you have a problem with the English language.

    I don’t think you know what the word HUMILITY actually means – in fact I know you don’t know.

    Your actions and policies say something completely contrary.

  3. How can a man or a woman adequately provide for a child ..when they are having more kids than their pocket or simple common sense can afford. Having children all over the place with multiple partners is idiotic for either gender.

    If you are unable to provide for yourself, how can you provide for a child or children …the math is very simple.

    Education and more education is of paramount importance…wake up people.

  4. Most men in st Lucia have poor jobs like security guards and work for 4:00 an hour or less how can a man support his family on that

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