EXHIBIT SHOWCASES PIONEERING ROLE OF WOMEN
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 06, 2011 (SKNIS):
Seventeen accomplished women of the Federation, are the focus of an
exhibit that has been on display since International Women’s Day,
The showing runs for
another month and features luminaries such as Avril Archibald, owner
of a secretarial college and designer of an office procedures
software programme. Dr.
Thelma Phillip-Browne the first registered female doctor, Pamela
Wall a trailblazer of Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and Ann
Wigley a former Senator and retired Supervisor of Social Services
are also showcased in the exhibit.
The display shines the
spotlight on a mother and daughter who both made their mark in the
Honourable Marcella Liburd current Minister of Health, Social
Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs has
publicly commended her mother for setting an excellent example in
the areas of progressive education, empowerment of women and
demonstrating the importance of political aspirations by women.
Minister Liburd’s mother, Ann Liburd is featured as a pioneer
in politics and the Women’s Movement having been elected three times
as President of the Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA) and
representing the women of the region at several international
Other female notables
recognized for their service in the public sector are Constance
Mitchum the first female minister and Jacinth Henry-Martin who
served as a Minister of Government and is currently the Permanent
Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).
Edwards the first female Speaker of the local National Assembly and
Rosalyn Hazelle the first female Ambassador are also acknowledged.
Mary Charles is recognized for her pioneering role as a
teacher and for the empowerment of women.
In the medical
arena, pioneers include Dr. Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand the first
female practitioner to open a private business, Jasmin Hanley the
current Joseph N. France General Hospital Laboratory Manager and Dr.
Tracey Challenger the current Government Veterinarian.
showcases three young women including Raquel Williams-Ezquea who
despite her disadvantaged youth used her education to propel her to
become an Agricultural Officer.
Youthful pioneers are also La Reine Gumbs an engineer and
Jolin “Tooshi” Davis an architect.
The general public can
become further educated about the Federation’s Pioneering Women by
visiting the exhibit, presently located at The Cable Building, Cayon
Street, between 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. until Friday.
The following week, April 11 to 15, the display will be
located at the Electricity Department and April 18 to 22 at the St.
Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank.
The display was mounted by the Departments of Community
Development, Culture and Gender Affairs.