Eight female politicians preparing to contest the February 19 General Election
Have taken part in a workshop on Advancing Women’s Transformational Leadership Training for Gender Justice in the Caribbean.
The female candidates contesting the upcoming poll are Glynis Roberts of the National United Front (NUF), Franka Alexis-Bernadine and Merle Byer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and five from the New National Party (NNP) – Delma Thomas, Alexandra Otway-Noel, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Emmalin Pierre and Yolande Bain-Horsford.
The workshop was organised by the Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW), in collaboration with UN Women, the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL), and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS)
The initiative took is part of a regional project to support women’s equal participation in politics, decision-making and the advancement of transformational leadership by women in the Caribbean.
The workshop also focused on leadership roles but simple etiquettes such as physical presentation, posture, as well as what the women engaged in politics should and should not do when facing the media.
Only three of the eight candidates addressed members of the media in the session held last week Friday at the queen’s Park National Stadium.
According to NUF’s Political Leader, Glynis Roberts, she is ready to take up a leadership position in the country for the third time.
Having served as a government minister under the NDC government until her resignation last year, and her stint as Parliamentary Representative for South St George Constituency, Roberts said she believes that politics is not complex, but merely requires simplicity and honesty.
Second time runner for the NNP in the St Andrew North West constituency, Delma Thomas stated that taking part in politics is a challenge particularly relating to her family life.
However she is confident and prepared to work on uniting the people of Grenada despite their different political affiliations and in creating employment for the people.
Newcomer Alexandria Otway-Noel (NNP) said she is prepared for the challenge as she keeps her eyes focused on developing the tourism industry, and looking to help in creating industries and employment in the country.