Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 4:15pm

Twenty three local women who have made tremendous contributions in the fields of politics, law, medicine, business, community development, education, social work, communications, sports, culture and entertainment were honoured at a ceremony held in their honour on March 5.

The women were honoured during an art exhibit launch as part of International Women’s Day celebrations at the 1718 Sugar Works Museum.

Dozens of persons gathered in solidarity to support the distinguished women who have contributed significantly to the development of the Territory.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development Mrs. Petrona Davies said, “We are proud to bring you this exhibition which depicts many aspects of women’s achievements in the Virgin Islands,”

Mrs Davies added, “As a community we value you and the contributions you have made and continue to make in shaping our society. I challenge all of us to create an enduring legacy by giving back, lifting up and reaching out especially to the young women in our society. In doing so together, we can break boundaries and create new frontiers for the next generation.  Let’s make it happen.”

Gender Affairs Coordinator, Ms. Loralie Connor said the the women will be featured daily to give people a better understanding of the contributions they have made in the community. 

 “Beginning March 11, one of these women will be featured every day on the government’s website as well as through email to give the community a better appreciation for their accomplishments and their impact on society,” Ms Connor said.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 annually.

The Office of Gender Affairs is committed to the development and implementation of policies and programmes that promote gender equality and equity.

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Natasha Lettsome-Humphrey

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286