IWD Shines Spotlight on Greatness

Image of Dame Eugenia Charles
Image of Dame Eugenia Charles
Dame Eugenia Charles is a remarkable woman of Caribbean origin.

AAHHH woman – the anchor of many families, renowned caretaker through the ages, emotional advisor to men, problem solver, renovator of hearts, cultural icon, historical relic and mother. You are cordially invited to a celebration of femininity this week. We celebrate the woman’s struggles and her rise from the ashes of social deprivation. Rising from the psychological chains of home-making, women have conquered in the political and social-economic spheres of our societies. Dominica proudly boasts of the contributions of Dame Eugenia Charles to the transformation of its political climate, officially introducing women to the headship of states in the O.E.C.S. Although she left the confinements of this world on September 5th 2005, she will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the world’s longest serving female prime ministers. Many historians record the birth of Empress Josephine in Martinique and the French celebrate their association to such an influential political figure. Being married to the famous Napoleon Bonaparte did little to deter her ambitions. She is known as one with a keen interest in horticulture and botany, once attempting to collect all species of rose for her special garden. Other notable mentions: Born in Abymes, Guadeloupe, Christine Arron is a renowned track and field sprinter. Christine Arron also features prominently as the fifth fastest runner over 100 meters and holds the European record of 10.73seconds. In the literary world, from Pointe á Pitre, Guadeloupe is Maryse Condé – author of historical fiction and best known for a novel ‘Segu’ written from 1984-1985.Who are the other notable feminine figures within the Island Neighbours?

Island Neighbours extends Happy International Women’s Day greetings to all women. This year, the world celebrated on March 8th 2019 under the theme “#Balanceforbetter”. In praise of womanhood, we urge you to celebrate the Caribbean woman – who she was and who she has become. Be Progressive!

Neighbourly GetAways
It is always a good time to brush up on your knowledge of the Island Neighbours. Take a trip to the Dominica State College Library where local history and culture thrives. Go through the catalogs and find that perfect book: the mystery, the legend, the adventure, the document and the fantasy. As we celebrate women and our freedom from physical metropolitan shackles, let us continue to equip ourselves with the knowledge of where we came from. The SchoelcherLibrary in Martinique is the perfect place to make new discoveries, to clarify misconceptions and to delve into the atrocities and the victories of the past. Go ahead …delve willingly into literary intrigue! In the land of the famous, many women, like men, are portrayed after much hard work, commitment and persistency. These are recorded for posterity… go ahead. Delve!

Image of Christine Arron
Christine Arron from Guadeloupe is a renowned track and field sprinter.

Historical note
One of the largest Stadiums in Guadeloupe is “Stade St Claude” in Basseterre, with a capacity of 10,000 spectators. The multi-use stadium is home to Guadeloupe’s National Football Team. Getto know your neighbours!

A bit of the French for the Visitor

Most Popular Professions/Professions les plus populaires
Un acteur/ Une actrice/actrisse

Un avocat (m) Une avocate (f)

Un/e Artiste

Un ingénieur

Un Médecin

Un écrivain

L’homme Politque/La Femme Politique

Un gérant/Une gérante

Le pilote

Un musicien

Un chanteur

Un athlète

Un cycliste

Un poète

Un astronaute

Un architécte

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