As part of a series of activities to celebrate local women, the Ministry of National Mobilization, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Persons with Disability and Youth held a special church Service dedicated to recognizing Women’s achievements.

The Service was held yesterday at the New Testament Church of God at Wilson Hill, under the theme ‘Hats off to Women.’

Assistant Coordinator of the Gender Affairs Division Lafleur Harry said that as the Division gather to celebrate the achievements of women, the occasion is also a call for gender equality, ensuring equal access to resources and opportunities.

Harry said the 2018 International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to empower women both rural and urban who are activists, relentlessly working to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.

The Church service paid special tribute to one such recognized women’s activist, the late Urlene Horne of Diamonds Village.

Senator Deborah Charles who shared on her experience as a woman in politics said that the role is not always an easy one as it is filled with lots of challenges.

Senator Charles said she believes that women in politics have greater influence compared to their male counterparts as most times, the women themselves are mothers and are better able to relate to the problems of other women. She further went on to encourage the women present to be strong women full of integrity.

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