Women are being called upon to focus on the positives things in life rather than the negative.
The call came from Minister of Social Services, Gender Affairs and Family, Catherine Daniel, as she addressed the 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) Conference room on Monday.
According to Daniel, one must find a positive environment so that positive seeds can germinate and women can be positive in whatever they do.
“What it is that we are seeking of women? What do we want? I know in the world we see a lot of biases against women but in Dominica what have we achieve? Where are we?” she questioned. “We should not voice our opinions only on the negative things that impact our lives but we must celebrate the positive. So when we come as an organization I think sometimes we focus on all the bad things that happens to us, but I think we need to celebrate first begin with the positive things, so as this can give us an impetus to feel good about ourselves first.”
She also called on women to look at the good within themselves.
“As women we often seek or advocate for equality, equity,” she stated. “We still seek to stop the violence we experience, but we as women we also need to take stock and ask ourselves are we creating for ourselves the environment which creates the lack of equity? Sometimes maybe because of circumstance and because of the people you surround yourself with, instead of uplifting you they bring you down and so you have to think of the environment in which you are.”
She mentioned that in life women endure a lot, “but do we sit and ask ourselves what we can learn from those dark moments? We have to take a time of reflections for ourselves.”
She warned that women should not allow people “to tug us here and tug us there”.
“Because at the end of the day when you sit and look in a mirror you see yourself so you have to take stock of your life,” she said.
Daniel also believes that women should first love themselves before they can be positive influence to each other.
“If you don’t love yourself nobody isn’t going to love you,” Daniel noted. “You have to learn to love, to appreciate yourself first before you can be a positive influence to other women. If you cannot do that for yourself, being in a group you won’t be able to achieve that.”
She want women to take time for reflection.
“So women when you go through your violence, all the difficult moments that you are going through, sit down, reflect and ask yourself, God what are you trying to tell me? No matter how bad the situation there is always a blessing,” she said.