Wednesday, February 28, 2007 – Saint Lucia will on March 08th join the
rest of the world in the observance of International Women's Day. Against this
backdrop, the National Television Network – NTN - in collaboration with the
Department of Gender Affairs will be exploring the issues of Women, Political
Power & Leadership in a special edition of Issues and Answers on NTN.
The panel discussion, featuring an in-studio audience, will be aired at 8:00 pm.
The main contributors to the discussion include Mary Skelly, former Saint Lucia
Labour Party candidate for Dennery South, Leone Theodore, Vice President -
Women's Arm of the United Workers Party otherwise known as Women in Action (WIA)
and Maundy Lewis, student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. The high
energy discussion is moderated by Lisa Dublin, lecturer at the Sir Arthur Lewis
One of the questions put forward was why are there so few women in elective
“Women have been in politics for a very long time,” Lisa Dublin noted. “In fact
from my research, I've found out that there are only two countries which have
not had women in politics, Monaco and Saudi Arabia.
We find ourselves within the countries which have had women in politics.
However, unfortunately we are still in the category of a country or countries
that have had few women in politics - we've had but not many, in proportion to
the number of people in the society.”
The theme for International Women's Day 2007 is “Ending Impunity for Violence
Against Women and Girls”.