Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources have celebrated international women’s day at a ceremony at the Agriculture Conference Room, La Guerite, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, to pay tribute to the hardworking and pioneering women for their contributions to the sector.
They have also awarded women named Maritza Queeley and Delesha Huggins were also honoured for their technical and administrative support in Marine Resources and Agriculture (Livestock Division), respectively.
Tonisha Weekes has also received awards in the same category for crops. The other honourees were Francella Stephens – Fish Farming; Ordis Richards – Meat Trading; Cabinet Secretary, Josephine Huggins – Horticulture; Alberta Thompson – Market Vending; Deborah Davis – Crop Farming; Roberta Rawlins – Agro Processing and Catherine Pemberton – Livestock Farming.
“Today is International Women’s Day, and I extend congratulations to all our women in agriculture, fisheries and agro-processing. I offer congratulations to our recipients of the 2022 Women’s Awards in the Agriculture and Fisheries sector,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ron Dublin-Collins.
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the core of our efforts to enhance agriculture. We know that enabling women to have equal access to opportunities and services in this sector is not only a matter of justice, it is also one of the most effective strategies for reforming and enhancing the sector.” PS Dublin-Collins added, noting that “our women must also realize production increases as farmers, fishers and agro-processors.”, underscored minister.
He outlined the event’s objective, which is now in its second year and is being celebrated under the local theme: “Advancing Women in Agriculture and Fisheries.”
“This forum aims to review our 2022 work in terms of what we have planned for our women and to share with you our plans. It seeks to contribute to our vision to build, to support and to sustain a vibrant agricultural community renowned for innovation, collaboration and with a focus on women and youth,” said the permanent secretary.
“Through this forum, the ministry is ensuring women’s work and contribution will not go unnoticed. We understand the vital link between gender, social equity and climate change and recognize that without gender equality today, a sustainable future and an equal future for all will be out of reach.”