Women who contested the December 18, 2009 general elections in Dominica have been told to be proud of their achievements.
The Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL), together with the Bureau of Gender Affairs of Dominica, held a seminar yesterday to honor the nine women who took part in the election.
The CIWIL is a regional network of women promoting participation of women in politics and decision-making.
Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs in Dominica Rosie Brown commended the women who “braved” the platform of the “vigorous” election campaign.
“We had nine women contesting…maybe in terms of percentage it might not be as many, but really in numbers, we can say and we can be very proud that our women are really braving this really rigorous road that has always been dominated by men, so we can tell ourselves that in Dominica we are making a mark with our women,” Brown said.
Of the nine, two women won their seats: Dominica Labour Party candidates Justina Charles in the Grand Bay constituency and Gloria Shillingford, for the Wesley constituency.