Dominican women urged to address their challenges

Francisca Joseph

Untied Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the La Plaine constituency, Francisca Joseph is urging women to take action in making a change in the lives of other women.

“Women need to have equal rights that the men have. Now, I’m not talking about numbers. Yes, we may have 50/50 but I’m talking about what exactly are women doing…to change the lives of other women and girls,” she said while speaking on a radio programme on the eve of International Women’s Day which was observed on Friday March 8, 2019.

“We know over the years what our women have been going through. We have a lot of gender-based violence… and statics have shown us that they are abused more by their families… spouses. It happens to men as well,” said Joseph, who is a former teacher and Adult Education Officer.

“I would really love to see our women take up the challenges that women face. What do you do when a woman is severely beaten by her husband or her spouse, where does she go?” she asked. ” Do we put her back into the same abusive situation? … what about women groups? How many that we have that are working well?”

She stated her intention as a potential parliamentarian to use Dominica’s social protection programmes for women, to empower them so that they will be able to work; to give them “a hand up not a hand out.”

The Delices-born politician declared that as Dominica embarks on the journey of becoming a resilient nation, everyone should be taken care of; not just those who are able bodied, but all those who are physically challenged and women who are vulnerable.

Joseph said she hopes to strengthen the link between the Legal Aid Clinic and Bureau of Gender Affairs to better assist and take care of men and women who require such assistance.

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11 Comments

  1. Me
    March 13, 2019

    What right do men have that women don’t?

  2. Bob Denis
    March 11, 2019

    Sisca Joseph seems to have a diamond in her bag , of to do things , if well polished, can make her the voice of oppress Women in Da . Men and teenage Boys should be encouraged to partake in the issues affecting mothers , Sisters , Aunts and Lovers . Stimulating discourses on do’ and don’ts and what is expected in a relationship . her movement is going to need Pro Bono legal advise from both Woman/Man barristers , Reality is some men and also Women need to check themselves for comparability to grow .

  3. LaPlaine Observer
    March 11, 2019

    The ignoramus people from the Laborrats party, seem to have an inability to grasp the substance of the message by Ms Joseph

  4. LaPlaine Observer
    March 11, 2019

    The ignoramus people from the Laborrats party seem to have an inability to grasp the substance of the message by Ms Joseph.

  5. Karl Orndem
    March 11, 2019

    what concerns do the young men have? too much emphasis is being placed only on women. All our young men want to do these days is hang out on blocks and ride bikes and wear cheap looking jewelry. in the end none of this develops our nation. in the tertiary education classrooms 85-90% of the students are female. In the offices same thing. Too much emphasis is being placed on women but absolutely none is given to developing our young men from an early age. As a result you walk around any community and you see them on the roadsides, just waiting for the next opportunity.

    • %
      March 11, 2019

      Broken homes
      Bad companions
      Lack of vision by our leaders, including those in government
      Temptation for quick Devil money
      Small number of real men for role models,etc,etc, etc
      Our young men are really sinking.
      S m g
      S m g
      L s m g n

  6. Man bites dogs
    March 11, 2019

    % You must be a bloody sad person listening to all that crap this woman was going on with 5 minutes was enough for me, %it’s time you realise that workers so-called party and clowns like you is on a hiding to nothing no one leave a blow of cherry 🍒 and jump into a bag of werms!!!

  7. %
    March 11, 2019

    Oops ,,,,,,Carnival.

  8. Goyvelma
    March 11, 2019

    Great plan! Great vision My Friend. The day is drawing near. You will be in parliament. You will be the next parl rep for the constituency and constituents will know what true representation feels like. Thanks for offering yourself to the continued service of the people. You were a great teacher in the primary school. You moved on and became a great adult education teacher and now an advocate for women’s equality. Keep going My Girl. La Plaine Boetica and Delices communities need true representation.. You are part of a dynamic team of capable men and women. You were not chosen for mere numbers sake. You were chosen because you have the know how and willingness to bring about meaningful change and progress.

  9. %
    March 11, 2019

    My honourable lady, ihave listened to you three times on radio, and you seem to be a lady of deep intellect.. I admire your inexorable fortitude in championing women’s right ..While i respect that, I know that there are times women help to denegrate women .Can you remember when Skerrit and Austrie went to town on Monnel? Women were clapping! None of DLP female politicians s said anything,!! What a shame!
    Women must also be an example for the youths and themselves. They pose 99% naked on Carnavl Mon and Tues, and expect their children to do better .
    Good fight though!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Man bites dogs
      March 11, 2019

      % You must be a bloody sad person listening to all that crap this woman was going on with 5 minutes was enough for me, %it’s time you realise that workers so-called party and clowns like you is on a hiding to nothing no one leave a blow of cherry 🍒 and jump into a bag of werms!!!

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