The Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) said it is very happy that two of the women who participated in the December 18, 2009 general elections were successful at the polls.
Justina Charles and Gloria Shillingford both won their seats on a Dominica Labour Party ticket.
However DNCW President, Josephine Dublin Prince, says it is the organization’s hope that greater effort would be made by the DLP to assist Dominican women to achieve their full potential
“The upliftment of women and their families should be of their main focus. At the Beijing Conference of 1995 governments committed themselves to ensure women access to and full participation in power structure and decision
making. We believe that if more women are elected to our government, and are included in the Cabinet of the day, they will be well positioned to strengthen the existing laws that promote gender equality and equity,” Dublin Prince said.
According to her, the presence of women will highlight the prospects of good governance and strengthening of the country’s democracy.
“…Our statistics represent over half of our population and we want to call on women to be part of the political process, we want to commit ourselves to continue to work with the two parliamentarians and government to further represent women and their families in Dominica,” Dublin Prince said.
Charles, a nurse by profession, was given responsibility for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; meanwhile, Shillingford, a former school principal, was assigned the position of Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.