signing of mou with garden of rebirth
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Social Development & Gender Affairs and the Garden of Rebirth Women’s Shelter was signed on March 8th, to formalize the provision of shelter services for victims of domestic violence.
international women’s day & pionerring women’s gallery
The 2023 International Women’s Day Ceremony was held on March 8th, 2023 at Government House and saw the following women being awarded under the categories below:
Ms. Jihan Williams – Orange Economy
Ms. Shirnaldeen Lewis – Digital Economy
Ms. Trellor Fraites – Women in Science
Ms. Vertali Henderson – Blue Economy
Also recognized were new inductees into the Pioneering Women’s Gallery, which awards females who were ‘first’ in their fields. The new inductees are:
Ms. Adeola Moore -SCASPA’s First Female CEO
Ms. Kerrise Hanley – First Female Boat Captain of SCASPA
Ms. Thelma Richards – First Female Head of the Civil Service -Government of St. Kitts-Nevis
Ms. Jahzara Claxton – First Female Cricketer to make the West Indies Cricket Team
Ms. Jermellia Henry – First Female Member of the SKN Robotics Association
Ms. Angela ‘Tallet’ Hamilton – First Female Referee for the SKNFA
The Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP), which was officially transferred to the Ministry of Social development & Gender Affairs in October last year, will be undergoing some revisions, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Geoffrey Hanley.
re-opening of new road family park
The New Road Family Park was re-opened on January 23rd, after a period of post-Covid closure which included rehabilitative works on the facility.
INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY
Eight men were awarded on International Man’s Day, following an evening ceremony on November 19th at Palm Courts Gardens. The noteworthy men are:
Mr. Rodney Browne, recognized for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, Mr. Elmo Burke for First Response, Mr. Recaldo Richards for Environment and Sanitation, Mr. Clive Saunders for Community Service and Activism, and Mr. Sylvester Huggins for Creative Economy and Culinary Arts. The Prime Minister’s Award was presented to cricket icon Mr. Elquemedo Willett and the Legacy Award to Mr. Leroy Willett, while the Director’s Men of Valour Award was received by Mr. Jahrick Crossley.
staff sports & Cultural Club
The reinvigorated Ministry Staff Sports & Social Club enjoyed several activities during 2022, including Basketball and Football matches, Hiking and Beach Lime, a Treasure Hunt, and the inaugural Staff Sports Day, which culminated the year’s activities.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY & PIONEERING WOMEN’S GALLERY
Seven women were recognized for their contributions to the Federation during the annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Award Ceremony, held on Tuesday March 8th, 2022 at the National Heroes’ Park.
Awarded during the ceremony were Ms. Treasa Wyatt- Digital Economy, Mrs. Tricia King – Blue Economy, Dr. Merisa Grant-Tate – Women in Science, Mrs. Ilis Palmer Watts and Mrs. Dianille Taylor-Williams for the Green Economy, and Ms. Hildred Carey– Prime Minister’s Awardee.
During March, the Pioneering Women’s Gallery, which honours women who have achieved ‘first in their fields’, also received seven new inductees: They are:
Ms. Louise Clarke, First Female Fire Engine Driver, Mrs. Sheryl Bass, First Female Manager of The St. Kitts Cooperative Credit Union, Ms. Pat Walters, First Female Manager of The Cable, Mrs. Tricia King, First Female Marine Biologist, Mrs. Diane Dunrod-Francis, First Female to represent the Federation at the Olympic Games, and Mrs. Giselle Matthews, First Female President of The Chamber of Industry & Commerce.
INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY
Eight deserving men were honoured at the annual International Men’s Day Award Ceremony, hosted by the Department of Gender Affairs on November 19th, 2021 at the CUNA Caribbean Conference Centre, Fortlands.
The Awardees and their area of recognition are: Mr. Samul Duggins -Agriculture, Mr. Val Henry -Communications/Entrepreneurship, Mr. Rhon Boddie – Disaster & Shelter Management, Dr. Leroy Richardson -Health Care & Medicine, Mr. Keeshawn Banker Walywn – Culture, Dr. Marcus Natta – Humanitarian’s Award, and Mr. Vince Matthew- Prime Minister’s Awardee.
Women’s Employment, Entrepreneurship & Financial Inclusion Project
The Women’s Employment, Entrepreneurship & Financial Inclusion (WEEFI) Project, funded by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), was launched on October 12th, 2021 with the aim of providing technical and financial support to unemployed women and female entrepreneurs struggling in the COVID-19 environment. Courses held in St. Kitts include Business Strategy & Innovation, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship and Beauty Entrepreneurship.
16 day campaign against gender based violence
The 16-Day Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence included the presentation of a partial scholarship to two (2) survivors of domestic violence- now students at AVEC, and the Display of Silent Witnesses at Independence Square in Basseterre, and at Memorial Square in Charlestown.
The hosting of the Family Awards headlined Family Month celebrations 2019, with forty-six (46) persons being honoured for their role within communities.
An initiative of the Department of Community Development and Social Services, the Awards honoured outstanding community mothers and fathers who contribute regularly to family building and outreach to youth – and was therefore considered a fitting activity for Family Month celebrations, which run from May to June each year.
national ageing policy
The National Ageing Policy has moved closer to refinement, with the hosting of stakeholder consultations on May 28th and 29th, 2019, with support from PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). The first consultation was held at the Anglican Church Hall in Nevis on May 28th, and the second the following day at the East Basseterre Community Centre, St. Kitts. Both consultations saw attendance from a wide cross section of persons, including representatives from several government departments, including Planning and Social Services, legal, medical, and religious bodies, and non-governmental organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the Flamboyant Nursing Home.
domestic violence protocol discussions
The road towards addressing domestic violence in the Federation continued with consultations on the Domestic and Sexual Violence Protocol, on June 13th, 2019. The PAHO-supported meeting, which was held at the Solid Waste Management Conference Room, was aimed at senior level officers of stakeholder groups, such as the Police Force, the Magistrates Court, Health services, and the Departments of Social Services and Gender Affairs. Other stakeholder groups, such as the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities, were also present.
16-day campaign against gender-based violence
The Department of Gender Affairs observed sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence, from November 25-December 10, 2019. The annual campaign is a worldwide observance which aims to raise awareness of gender-based harm (which refers to violence against someone because of their gender) and to advocate for its elimination.