Female political candidates honored at local seminar

Nettisha Walsh contested the Salisbury constituency for the DFP

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.

Leanthia Pacquette-Lewis contested the Grand Bay seat for the UWP

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.

The women who contested were: Leanthia Pacquette-Lewis for the United Workers Party, Judith Pestaina, Nettisha Walsh, and Felita Paul Thomas for the Dominica Freedom Party, Justina Charles and Gloria Shillingford, the Dominica Labour Party, Marcella Boatswain for the Dominica Progressive Party, and Christabelle Auguiste, and Jacqueline Theodore, contested as independent candidates.
Jacqueline Theodore contested the Castle Bruce seat as an independent candidate

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.

Gloria Shillingford contested the Wesley constituency for the DLP
DFP Leader Judith Pestaina contested the Roseau Central seat
Justina Charles contested the Grand Bay seat for the DLPy.
Felita Paul contested the Soufriere seat for the DFP

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5 Comments

  1. January 1, 2010

    I hope the bereau spoke the nettisha so that she could go continue her studies from where she left off.i think that this young lady should go and do some studing and when she is through if she want she can go on to her politics but for now no way dat i would vote for her.

  2. December 31, 2009

    DNO I can only see 2 genuine female politicians Mrs. Shillingford and Mrs. Charles. The others just come into politics for spite but they not politicians

  3. HAHAHAH
    December 31, 2009

    GREAT MOVE BUREAU OF GENDER AFFAIRS NOW IF YOU JUST GET RID OFF YOUR… YOU COULD DO SO MUCH MORE WORK. I HOPR THE NAME CHANGE ENCOURAGES THE MEN WHO ARE BEING ABUSED TO COME FORWARD AND REPORT IT

  4. Told
    December 31, 2009

    Good ting. Respect to women.

  5. December 31, 2009

    Hats out to the women. The men are the ones who are suppose to do the leading, But they are failing, let the the women take over. God is vex with us MEN !!

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