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.