Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development Units & Divisions
Office of Gender Affairs
Release Date:
Friday, 9 March 2018 - 4:33pm

Dozens of Women and girls supported the Information Fair held to observe International Women’s Day on March 8.

The event was collaboration between the Office of Gender Affairs and the Zonta Club of Tortola and was held at the New Peebles Hospital veranda. The day’s activities were held under the theme, ‘Women’s Importance in the Press for Progress’.

Gender Affairs Coordinator, Ms. Tara-Sue Morgan said women continue to play a crucial role in the progress of the British Virgin Islands, during the aftermath of the 2017 Disasters.

Zonta Club of Tortola is an organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. President Ms. Selina O’Neal said the presentations made at the event were meant to help women and girls develop life goals through positive reinforcement of one another.

Presentations were done on topics including Mental Health by Dr. Virginia Rubaine, Financial Literacy presented by Mrs. Rhonda Hodge-Smith, while Mrs. Marva Titley-Smith spoke of the Importance of Planning. The event was emceed by Ms. Adrianna Soverall.

Attendees were gifted with yellow bouquets of roses and goodie bags from CCT; advised on how to apply for the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme; and were presented information packets from BVI Money Matters, Community Mental Health and the Office of Gender Affairs.

Persons also expressed themselves on the current status of the Territory’s recovery efforts, and their personal well-being after the hurricanes.  

International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8 to recognise the contributions of women in all their diversities.

For more information regarding gender related matters, persons can telephone the Office of Gender Affairs at 852-7783 or visit or like the Facebook page @genderaffairsvi. 


Adrianna J. Soverall

Information Officer
Department of Information and Public Relations
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 2730