NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 08, 2016) — The following is the full text of an address delivered by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams Minister responsible for Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016.
I deem it a signal honour to address you on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, today Tuesday, 8th March, in my capacity as the Minister responsible for Gender. International Women’s Day is a time that is specially set aside for us to reflect on, and highlight the significant contributions and accomplishments of women in the societies in which they live and the world at large.
The theme for this year’s observance is “A Pledge for Parity: Improving Economic Opportunities for All”. This theme explicitly focuses on equal access and fairness for men as well as women, in sharing the nation’s economic resources and in sharing the benefits of economic growth and development. Today women are still fighting against inequality and are committing themselves to eventually achieve parity.