Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit is calling on fathers in Dominica to take up their responsibility and care for their children, saying it should not be left to the mothers alone.
“You cannot leave it to the women alone to take care of the children,” he said. “You cannot come and say you love [her] and you have children with [her] and just turn your back.”
Skerrit was addressing a ceremony which saw 119 people, mostly single mothers, complete a training module organized through the Dominica Employment and Small Business Support Agency of the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs. They all received skills certificate from the Dominica State College.
According to the prime minister, children do not only need financial but also emotional support from their fathers.
“It is a shame to any man in the world, Dominica included, where a mother has to take the father of her child to court to give her something for this child every week, every month. You cannot do that,” he stressed.
The prime minister is the father of two boys, Malik and Dmitry.