Gender Relations Minister, Dr. Gale Rigobert, used the occasion of an address to parliament Tuesday to congratulate Ms. Bridgitte Algodel on becoming the first female Sergeant at Arms to serve in the House of Assembly.
According to a release from Rigobert’s ministry, Algodal has been a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for twenty-three years.
“Need I say further Mr. Speaker that she hails from the beautiful, picturesque community of La Pointe in Micoud North,” Rigobert, stated.
“Welcome Ms. Algodel and I wish you well,” the Micoud North MP said.
The Minister was speaking on the theme:“Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 World”.
She observed that globally, women accounted for the highest number of workers directly involved in managing the health crisis.
Rigobert also observed that women accounted for the highest number of employees who lost their jobs.
In addition, she noted that women accounted for the highest number of people who experienced abuse, as a result of necessary measures such as partial and complete lock downs.
Rigobert recalled that UNWomen had declared domestic violence the Shadow Pandemic because of the increase in domestic violence recorded around the world.
However, she noted that that Saint Lucia had distinguished itself in relation to women.
Rigobert said women dominate more than fifty percent of the leadership positions in the Public Service.
And she told parliament there was similarly ‘impressive representation of women’ in leadership positions in the private sector and civil society organizations.
The Minister hailed the sterling leadership of women in Saint Lucia as the island battled COVID-19.
In this regard, she praised the many woman who have served on the frontlines.
She paid tribute to their ‘extraordinary sacrifices’ in preserving the lives of Saint Lucians.