CIWiL Saint Lucia Celebrates the Successful Conclusion of the Women in Politics Programme

The Caribbean Women in Leadership Saint Lucia National Chapter (CIWiL SLU) is delighted to announce the successful completion of the Women in Politics programme, that concluded on 8th November, 2023. The 10-week program, which was aimed at promoting women’s leadership and closing the gender gap in the political landscape of Saint Lucia, saw robust participation from over 30 women, culminating in a vibrant mock campaign and election and a meaningful parliamentary debate in Saint Lucia’s House of Assembly.

The mock election (between 2 fictional political parties) held on the 31st of October, 2023, witnessed Helen’s Progressive Party (HPP) emerge victorious. The HPP, a proponent of workers’ rights, environmental protection and equal pay, featured mock Prime Minister Zena George, who praised the program for its educational and enriching value.

The Progressive Alliance Party (PAP), led by Chantelle Moise as the mock Leader of the Opposition, also expressed appreciation for the programme despite their electoral loss, citing their commitment to equality and improving living conditions for all citizens of Saint Lucia.

At the program’s conclusion, participants engaged in a mock parliamentary session on the 8th of November, where they debated on a motion to improve the cost of living for the citizens of the country through the implementation of a livable wage. The mock parliament provided a platform for the women to apply the skills and knowledge they had garnered through the programme.

Caron Tobiere, Chairperson at CIWiL SLU, expressed her satisfaction with the program’s outcome, stating, “The Women in Politics program has been a resounding success, and we are thrilled at the meaningful engagement and transformation we have witnessed. The response to this initiative was overwhelming. We are extremely happy with the support given to the program by the Office of the Parliament and the Members of Parliament who have given of their time and knowledge to assist our aspiring female politicians. We really hope this program spurs the involvement of more women on the political platforms of Saint Lucia.

CIWiL SLU wishes to thank all participants, supporters, and organizers for their contributions to the successful realization of this initiative. While the program has now concluded, CIWiL SLU remains committed to promoting gender equality and women’s leadership in Saint Lucia. The lessons learned and the bonds formed in this program will undoubtedly continue to resonate within the political landscape of Saint Lucia for years to come.

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